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The First Lithuanian Days in Scotland

Created: 2019.10.21 / Updated: 2019.10.21 15:12
    The First Lithuanian Days in Scotland

    Lithuanian Days in Scotland, a unique series of events showcasing Lithuania, will be held in Edinburgh and Glasgow 22-25 October 2019. Over four days, local Scots and the Lithuanian community in Scotland will be invited to meet leading Lithuanian figures of culture and academia, hear symphonic poems of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis and get familiar with Lithuanian documentary cinema.

    Lithuanian Days in Scotland, a unique series of events showcasing Lithuania, will be held in Edinburgh and Glasgow 22-25 October 2019. Over four days, local Scots and the Lithuanian community in Scotland will be invited to meet leading Lithuanian figures of culture and academia, hear symphonic poems of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis and get familiar with Lithuanian documentary cinema.

    ‘Working in the United Kingdom, we would like information about Lithuania to be disseminated not only in London, and for this reason we have decided this year to organize Lithuanian Days in Scotland, a country which attracts people from all over the world because of the beauty of its nature and its unique identity. Through our events we aim to spread a multi-faceted narrative about Lithuania and thereby encourage a bilateral cultural, academic and social dialogue with Scotland and build new partnerships for the future’ – notes Renatas Norkus, the Lithuanian ambassador to the United Kingdom.

    Lithuanian Days in Scotland will begin on 22 October with a concert in Edinburgh at St Cecilia’s Hall. The concert will feature Lithuania’s saxophonist Liudas Mockūnas and pianist Petras Geniušas, presenting The Sea in the Forest, a unique improvisation on the themes of the symphonic poems by one of Lithuania’s most celebrated composers and artists Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis.

    On 23 October a roundtable discussion From the Past to the Future: Scotland, Lithuania and Europe will take place with prof. Tomas Venclova, one of Lithuania’s most eminent intellectuals, a poet, essayist and literary critic, together with prof. Robert I. Frost, Burnett Fletcher Chair of History at the University of Aberdeen, an acclaimed expert on the history of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

    The festival events in Edinburgh and Glasgow will also include screenings of Cinematic Inclusions. Adomas Narkevičius, a curator at the Education and Arts Centre Rupert in Vilnius, will give a talk under the title Desire in Whispers, focusing on tensions in Lithuanian art in the 20th century, at the Collective gallery on Calton Hill; Daiva Ivanauskaitė, a storyteller, will perform in Scotland’s international storytelling championship Beyond Words.

    Lithuanian Days in Scotland is organized by the Lithuanian embassy together with the Lithuanian cultural attaché in the United Kingdom and the Lithuanian Culture Institute. The programme of events is supported by the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Go Vilnius, the official development agency of the City of Vilnius.

    Most of the events at Lithuanian Days in Scotland are free. You can find the programme here.

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