SONG FESTIVAL
30 June – 6 July 2018
The opening day dedicated to the Centennial, and the Unity Day.

BIRTHDAY OF THE RESTORED LITHUANIA
16 February 2018
Mass-scale celebration engaging the entire Lithuania.

LITHUANIA FOR THE WORLD
Presentation of Lithuania in foreign countries (cultural and scientific achievements).

START OF THE CENTENNIAL
National anthem performed on 100 hills on 6 July 2017.

ROCK OPERA 'EGLĖ'

Many years ago, the Lithuanian folk epic ‘Eglė, žalčių karalienė’ (Eglė the Queen of Serpents) inspired three prominent artists, composer Laimis Vilkončius, song author and performer Vytautas Kernagis and poet Sigitas Geda, for a joint experiment which is going to be shown to the Lithuanian public and the country’s guests on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Restoration of Lithuania's Statehood. Today's leading Lithuanian artists will present the spectacular stagings of ‘Eglė’ during the opening event of the Centennial Song Festival in the Vingis Park, Vilnius on 1 July 2018, and on 8 September 2018 at the Palanga Concert Hall.
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LITHUANIA’S CENTENARY SONG CELEBRATION “IN THE NAME OF…”


If you haven’t visited Lithuania in the middle of summer when the great Lithuanian Art Olympics takes place here, it will probably be difficult for you to imagine what a choir of 20 000 sounds like or what the ornaments traced by 9 000 dancers in a single stadium look like. Is it possible to fit the whole country with its variety of villages, towns, dialects, olds songs, dances, arts, foods and other traditions inside the territory of a city park? All that and more you can see in the Song Celebration. The fundamental parts that form its programme are: Folklore Day, devoted to the traditional culture; Ensembles’ Evening, consisting of colourful, theatrical, stylized performances of folklore ensembles, combining music, song and dance; Dance Day, an interpretation of Lithuanian customs, traditions, and symbols through professionally created dance choreography. The festival’s programme is complimented by the Folk Art Exhibition; the afternoon of Kanklės (traditional Lithuanian string instrument) music; performances by wind orchestras and amateur theatre groups; professional art exhibitions as well as the colourful and emotional parade of all festival participants. The celebration is crowned by the Song Day uniting thousands of singers into a colossal choir.
The 2018 Song Celebration is dedicated to the centenary anniversary of the restoration of the independent state of Lithuania. “In the name of…” is a phrase taken from the state anthem, the National Chant as it is called in Lithuania. The chant has given the ideological ground for the celebration, the axis of all its elements. The respect for the Homeland, its past, people who created and still create the state, respect for the verity, light, morality, a call for concord and unity, a statement of meaningful ways to live and work both for personal and state welfare – these are the fundamental values of the chant, being contemplated and revived in the celebration.
Event program in:

Vilnius and Kaunas

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RAISE THE FLAG!

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GIVE BIRTHDAY GREETINGS

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THANK SPECIAL PEOPLE

by mailing or e-mailing a “Thank you” card or at a special“Centennial bell” installation in the Cathedral Square (see for more information: www.lietuva.lt/aciu)
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8.30

Pay tribute to the signatories of the Independence Act of 16 February
(Rasos Cemetery)
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10.00 val.

Join the youth march “Road of Statehood“
(Starts at the Cathedral Square)
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12.00

Raising the flags of the three Baltic States and President’s address
(Simono Daukanto Square)
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12.30

Centennial Bells
The link-up of bells all across Lithuania
More information
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13.00

Celebration of Holy Mass in Vilnius Cathedral Basilica
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14.30

“Signatories’ balcony”
Feel the spirit of freedom and togetherness at the House of the Signatories
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15.30

Pay respect to freedom fighters
(25, Totorių St)
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17.00

100 freedom fires
(Gediminas Avenue)
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18.00

Centennial concert “Gloria to Lithuania”
Music composed specifically for Lithuania’s birthday. The concert will be LRT live-streamed, also on big city screens
(National Opera and Ballet Theatre)
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19.00

Concert “Singing Lithuania”
(Cathedral Square)
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Take part in President’s events “Have joyful and creative celebration of 16 february”
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Join in a number of activities “Statehood routes: Yellow. Green. Red” all across the city
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Say “Thank you” at the installation “Centennial bell” in the Cathedral Square
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Give it a try to a number of centennial dishes in restaurants and cafes
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Follow the celebration moments on big screens (Cathedral Square, Didžioji St)

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In 2018, we will be celebrating one of the most important dates in the history of Lithuania – the Centennial of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania. The celebration cannot be imagined without gifts. Therefore, Lithuania is also ready to give to the world gifts that have a special meaning, historical and cultural links with our country.

Little oaks of Stelmužė will be presented as those gifts and will serve as a symbol of the unity, strength and perseverance of the freedom-loving Lithuanian nation.

Today, the laboratory of the Forest Institute under the Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian and Forest Sciences is working on the clones of the oldest oak in Lithuania. Sigutė Kuusienė, the researcher at the Forestry Institute, got this idea as early as in her teens, but had to wait until 2005 to start putting it to practice. By then, she had worked for the Institute for 4 years since 2001. As a result, in the summer of 2018, the oak saplings will be ready to be sent out into the world as gifts to our friends.

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The aim is to spread the message about the 2018 centennial celebration of the restoration of the state of Lithuania and to invite foreign guests and the Lithuanians living abroad to celebrate this anniversary together.

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START OF THE CENTENNIAL

The official start of centennial, National anthem performed on 100 hills on 6 of July 2017.

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