The Cathedral Square Tree
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Christmas in Vilnius

Courtesy of the Christmas Bazaar, we all know that the only real Santa is the one descending from Korvatunturi in northern Finland. The Bazaar is the unofficial start to Christmas. Fast the entire city slips into a Christmas mood. The giant Christmas tree on Cathedral square makes it year after year into the top ten of most beautiful trees in Europe, a bit like the clockwork that is this year’s theme. […]

The Real Finnish Santa at the 2017 International Christmas Charity Bazaar in Vilnius
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Christmas Gift Ideas at the International Christmas Charity Bazaar

The 16h International Christmas Charity Bazaar in Vilnius Town Hall (Vilniaus rotušė) will this year take place on Saturday, 1 December from 12 to 18H. The Charity Bazaar is organised by the International Women’s Association of Vilnius (IWAV) and will benefit 8 charitable causes all across Lithuania. There will be something wonderful for everybody’s taste and budget at this year’s bazaar. […]

The Dutch Military Orchestra walking down Gediminas Prospect in Vilnius Photo © Ludo Segers @ The Lithuania Tribune
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The Dutch musical touch to a Lithuanian State Day

The 52 musicians of the Netherlands Royal Military Orchestra ‘Johan Willem Friso’ gave the festivities celebrating the crowning of King Mindaugas, in 1253, an extra musical touch and a bit of pomp and circumstance. The Netherlands Royal Military Orchestra is visiting Lithuania to celebrate the 100 of Independence. […]

The Netherlands Royal Military Orchestra “Johan Willem Friso” Photo © Ludo Segers @ The Lithuania Tribune
Culture

Dutch musical touch to a Lithuanian National Holiday

Right upon the heels of the visit by the Dutch King to Lithuania last month, a much larger contingent is making a musical call on Vilnius. The 52 members of the Netherlands Royal Military Orchestra ‘Johan Willem Friso’ are playing a number of concerts in the Capital. They are also a reminder that there is also a large Dutch presence in Rukla as part of the NATO presence in Lithuania. […]

Minister Linas Kukuraitis speaking at the EBN event  Photo © Ludo Segers @ The Lithuania Tribune
Society

The long road integrating and employing persons with disabilities

The European Business Network (EBN) presented on Thursday as part of their monthly breakfast presentation ‘Work and employment of persons with disabilities’ in Vilnius. The minister of Social Security Linas Kukuraitis, himself a former Lecturer of Social Work at Vilnius University was the keynote speaker. Jonas Ruškus, Professor at Vytautas Magnus University, a specialist in employment for disabled people and a member of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the United Nations spoke about the situation of disabled people in Lithuania, the challenges and the progress made so far. […]

Swedish Ambassador Maria Christina Lundqvist at the Nordic Green to Scale presentation in Vilnius Photo © Ludo Segers @ The Lithuania Tribune
Nordic/Baltic

Some ideas to scale up to a Greener Lithuania presented

On Tuesday in Vilnius, the Nordic Council of Ministers presented ‘Nordic Green to Scale’, study findings a series of analysis that project the potential to of existing climate solutions. The heat that engulfs most of the region at present, was palatable in the third floor room on Didžioji seemed like the fitting to remind the audience that every society needs to find solutions for global warming and the protect the environment. […]

Outstanding landscapes and bicycle routes in Southern Moravia   Photo Courtesy of Czech Tourism
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Winegrowing regions a destination for Lithuanian visitors to the Czech Republic

Thanks to a direct bus connection from Vilnius, most Lithuanian visitors to the Czech Republic can travel to Prague and Brno. The rich history and outstanding cultural offering of smaller cities in the countryside is often overlooked. Gastronomy and local food are often one of the many reasons to enjoy trips abroad. Visiting vineyards, particularly those located around historic castles and mansions, add to the pleasures of driving through idyllic landscapes while learning about the local history, often going back hundreds and thousand years in time. […]

Office buildings seen during Open House Vilnius from Green Hall's reflecting windows Photo © Ludo Segers @ The Lithuania Tribune
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Record number of visitors during Open House Vilnius

More than 60 buildings opened their doors as part of this weekend’s fourth edition of Open House Vilnius. Many of those buildings reflect a rich and varied past, but plenty of Vilnius newer and awesome contemporary architectural sights were also part of the offering. On a mostly sunny and warm spring-weekend, more than 30,000 visitors were given expert insights and a unique opportunity to visit 62 buildings. […]

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Business Forum  Photo Ludo Segers @ The Lithuania Tribune
Economy

Norwegian Crown Princess and Lithuanian President open the Norwegian-Lithuanian Business Forum

President Dalia Grybauskaitė accompanied by Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway opened with plenty of splendour the Norwegian-Lithuanian Business Forum. About 250 are attending the annual Forum Forum in Vilnius’s Kempinski Hotel. They were joined by a delegation of Norwegian 20 companies that are accompanying the Norwegian royal couple. […]

Queen for a Moment Photo at Open House VIlnius © Ludo Segers @ The Lithuania Tribune
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Unique opportunity to see historic and iconic buildings in Vilnius

During the upcoming weekend of 28 and 29 April, more than 60 buildings will open their doors. Open House Vilnius, the organisers of this 4th annual event offer an exceptional opportunity to those interested in the design and history of public (and some private) buildings. Once again, visitors will be able to explore what lies behind the facades of some of the city’s most iconic and elegant architecture. […]

Champlain  Algirdas Toliatas with author Aušra Mažonė at the book launch  Photo © Ludo Segers @The Lithuania Tribune (1)
Culture

Insights into love in the face of conflict and war

Aušra Mažonė’s ‘s first book The Unknown Frontline – 12 true stories of soldier’s wives collected around the globe, (in Lithuanian ”Nežinios fronto linijos -12 tikrų istorijų apie karių moteris iš viso pasaulio”) was launched last weekend at the Vilnius book fair. […]

Even when signing books always the consumate politician, Guy Verhofstadt at the  Vilnius Book Fair  Photo © Ludo Segers @ The Lithuania Tribune
European Union

Guy Verhofstadt Brings his EU reform ideas to Vilnius

A large enthusiast and captivated audience came out on a very cold Saturday afternoon to hear former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt speak at the annual Vilnius Book Fair. Verhofstadt is currently fraction leader of the Liberal Group in the European parliament. However, on Saturday his main message were his ideas for European reform and to make the EU stronger, more efficient, and to avoid more Brexit-like defections of the world’s largest and most powerful trading block. […]

Post Card Scenery Christmas  Photo © Ludo Segers
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A Vilnius Christmas Mood

Earlier this week a light snow dusting provided a little extra touch that we all associate with Christmas. It provided the right seasonal background for a picture perfect Christmas photos. It was last week that we got the official start to the Christmas season in Vilnius. […]

Lithuanian and Finnish Flags at 100 Years of Finnish Independence  in Vilnius Photo © Ludo Segers @ The Lithuania Tribune
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100 Years of Finnish Independence celebrated in Vilnius

To mark the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Finland a brief Flag Raising ceremony took place at noon-time in Lukiškių Square (Lukiškių aikštė) in the centre of Vilnius in the presence of the Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas) Viktoras Pranckietis joined by the Finnish Ambassador, Christer Michelsson. […]