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August 23, 2019             

Remembering the Baltic Way

The Baltic Way catapulted the Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian cause into  the world headlines. On August 23rd, 1989, up to two million people joined hands in a north-south human chain to mark the 50th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact – the deal between Hitler and Stalin which had carved up Eastern and Central Europe, and consigned the Baltic states to decades of ruinous and brutal foreign occupation. It united three countries that under Soviet occupation shared a common fate, but little else. It remains an inspiration to this day – pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong plan their own linked-hands demonstration on the anniversary, this Friday. But it had another effect too.

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Joint press briefing by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and President of Lithuania
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Lithuania can be important technology partner for India: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu

Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said Lithuania could be an important technology partner for India as he underlined the immense potential for growth in bilateral trade between the two countries. Addressing the Indian community at the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, Naidu also called upon the diaspora to serve as a bridge in strengthening economic and cultural relations between the two countries.

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At the meeting of the Lithuanian and Estonian Presidents − focus on energy security in the Baltic region

On 20 August, President Gitanas Nausėda met with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and President of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas during the visit to Estonia. The two Presidents discussed bilateral political and economic relations, strengthening of the Baltic trilateral cooperation, security situation in the Baltic region, NATO and EU agenda, including negotiations on the new EU financial framework.
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Lithuanian expatriates can now have their own single-member constituency

On 21 August, The Seimas adopted amendments to the Law on Elections to the Seimas providing for the establishment of a single-member constituency for Lithuanian expatriates. The new provisions of the Law were adopted by 88 votes in favour, with 4 votes against and 14 abstentions.

The authors of this amendment claim that the new practice will encourage a greater civic participation and political involvement among Lithuanian expatriates...

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Revolution in Klaipeda: electric buses, new pedestrian streets and bicycle garages
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Revolution in Klaipeda: electric buses, new pedestrian streets and bicycle garages

More people walking on foot, riding bicycles or choosing public transport, these are the goals Klaipeda sets for itself while defining its sustainable mobility goals for the next decade. The biggest plans in the short term are utilizing the Green wave, setting up modern bicycle garages, making the cobbled old town streets more comfortable and closing some streets to car traffic. Sustainable mobility is one of the tools to make living in the port city more comfortable, state experts, who are working hard to improve the health of the city and the people who live there by looking at examples from other European cities.

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A Unique Entrepreneurship Programme is Kick-starting in Kaunas

Kaunas is the rising star among startup ecosystems. It is the only municipality in Lithuania offering pre-acceleration programme and a series of networking events to startups free of charge. Kaunas IN has officially launched the 2019 Kaunas Startups programme today, which aims to help startups and entrepreneurial individuals develop new businesses. This year the programme focuses on early-stage ventures.

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Project: Between Two Shores
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IGNANT magazine: Tadas Kazakevicius Captures A Site Of Baltic Mythology That Stretches From The Russian Exclave Of Kaliningrad To Lithuania

The Curonian Spit lies between two bodies of water; the Baltic Sea to its east, and the Curonian lagoon to its west. [...] In ‘Between Two Shores’, Lithuanian photographer Tadas Kazakevičius has captured the Baltic mythos inherent to this salty stretch of earth; its presence draped dazzlingly over his portraits of both people and landscape.
“Creating ‘Between Two Shores’ was a very unearthly experience”, Kazakevičius tells us, noting the power of the landscape. “From the beginning, until the final execution, there was a feeling that the land was giving me clues on how it [the narrative] should be formed.”

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The Guardian: Eugene Onegin review – Grigorian's riveting Tatyana steals the show

Barrie Kosky’s verdant production is illuminated by an astonishing central performance from the Lithuanian soprano Asmik Grigorian.
The Guardian about Lithuanian opera singer Asmik Grigorian: "Allied with a voice that combines power and beauty, this is an utterly riveting performance, completed by her metamorphosis into self-possessed society beauty in the final act".

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A New Yet Old Cultural Space in Kaunas: Sakramentas

In May, a new cultural organization called Sakramentas was established on the premises of an old yet functioning church. Thousands of people can fit inside during events!
The stone mosaic of Jesus Christ created by Juozas Mikėnas and Boleslovas Adomas Motūzas, hanging on the facade of the church of the Blessed Sacrament, is probably familiar to all Kaunas residents. However, until recently, only a very few believers would open the door of this baroque church.

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August 24
St. Bartholomew’s Fair

Interested in a little trip to the old days? While, being honest, you do not want to give up modern amenities like a show-er, electricity and your phone? We have just the right time machine! Head for the St. Bartholomew Fair in August, hus-tling and bustling around the squares of Vilnius.

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September 1
European Day of Jewish Culture Events in Vilnius

Sabbath in the Jewish Quarter, a lost tradition where every Friday evening the Jewish family sat down at the dinner table together, lit the candles, prayed and broke bread, followed by a day of rest on Saturday, and the beginning of the new week on Sunday.
Let’s rediscover the ferment, history, tastes, smells and melodies of the Jewish Quarter on the European Day of Jewish Culture.

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Until September 6
Events Essential to Autumn in Vilnius

Autumn is packed with festivals, parties and events celebrating music, food, art, cinema and more.

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Coming back to find the work-life balance

Finding and attracting talents has been an intense race between the cities in Europe for quite some time now. Being 5th biggest city in the Baltics, yet small enough to live a compact life in – Klaipėda is winning the hearts of talented people searching for a balanced place for both work and life.
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interviewed five Greencarrier SSC employees, who for some period of time in their lives have been exploring their opportunities and catching their dreams in other cities. What were their reasons behind the decision to come back to Klaipėda? How do they feel now and what they currently think about their hometown?
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Highlight of the Week

Lithuania in action
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