Lithuania commemorates 32nd anniversary of Baltic Way

Commemoration of the Baltic Way, Kaunas Way

Free 32nd Anniversary Celebration Event Program Includes Weaving Friendship Bracelets, Body Art Tattoos, Photo Exhibition, and Concert

On Monday afternoon, the Kaunas Cultural Center and Kaunas Municipality invite residents to Vienybės (Unity) Square to commemorate, for the second year in a row, the anniversary of the Baltic Way. The program marking one of the most important and unique events in the history of the Baltic States includes educational activities for all age groups, sharing of memories, weaving of friendship bracelets, a photo exhibition, a live concert, etc.

Human chain 600 km long

On August 23, 1989, about two million people joined a 600 km long human chain across the three Baltic Soviet republics. This peaceful political protest highlighted the aspirations of Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians to free themselves from the Soviet Union and ultimately brought their countries back into the fold of independent nations. Historians and participants agree that the Baltic Way cannot be measured in kilometers, as it is a testament to the boundless spirituality, determination and courage of the people of the United Baltic States.

From weaving lessons to songs to sing

Here are the details of the activities in Kaunas according to the organizers’ Facebook page:

Education (5-7 p.m.)

  • Weaving of human figures in the colors of the flags of the Baltic States (KKC “Gijų sodai” textile workshop);
  • “Open sky library”: creative workshops, book exchange, board games, puzzle box solving (Kaunas Vincas Kudirka Public Library);
  • Symbolic body art tattoos with artist Ala Volkova;
  • “Salvation from Lithuania” postcard workshop. Participants will be guided to create a tricolor postcard – a symbolic tribute to Latvia and Estonia.
  • Cultural education course “Familiarize yourself with the history of Kaunas”. Participants will explore the city’s cultural heritage sites, play the board game “Find a place for Kaunas historical monuments”, compare old and new pictures of Kaunas, solve crossword puzzles. Tasks performed correctly will be rewarded with prizes. (Kaunas County Public Library);
  • Weaving of friendship bracelets in the colors of the Baltic flags (Lithuanian Museum of the History of Education);
  • Drawing on skin on the theme of the Baltic Way (Kaunas School of Applied Arts).

Exhibition (5 p.m. – 7 p.m.)

  • Exhibition of the photographic works of R. Požerskis “The Baltic Way”

Live music (6 p.m. – 7 p.m.)

  • Kaunas Big Band and Povilas Meškėla.

The live concert that will crown the program will bring back to life Maestro Stasys Povilaitis’ most famous hits as well as other popular songs about Lithuania. No doubt many in the audience will sing.

During events, attendees are encouraged to comply with all applicable COVID-19 security requirements.

Immeasurable determination

“Every year this day reminds us of the immeasurable determination and courage that brought the three Baltic countries – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – back to the world map. The mobilization of the peoples of the time has become an example of unity that we should follow today, cherish and cultivate our freedom. With this event, we want to encourage the people of Kaunas to cultivate a living history “, Kaunas deputy mayor Andrius Palionis said as quoted by the municipal website.

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