Paris expats celebrate Lithuania’s 30th independence anniversary

About 300 people celebrated Lithuania’s independence day in Paris MAS hall on Saturday where the programme included events for young and old and a concert by the Lithuanian musician Andrius Mamontovas.

“We are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Independence in Paris by bringing together all the Lithuanians in France,” Nerijus Aleksiejūnas, the Lithuanian ambassador to France, greeted the guests at the event.

“For us, it is the celebration of freedom and unity. We want this to be a special day for everyone – children, young people and the entire Lithuanian community in France,” he added.

Protmūšis, or pub quiz, has become a popular pastime among Lithuanian expats. It saw teams fighting it out in a hotly-contested one-hour round with plenty of questions related to the Lithuanian independence.

Meanwhile children enjoyed a very creative exercise with Elena Selena making foldout works of art.

Inga Kvietelaitienė, the director of the Lithuanian school in Paris, received the award For Diaspora Merits to Lithuania from the hands of Ambassador Aleksiejūnas.

The highlight of the day was, for many, a concert by the singer Andrius Mamontovas. The one-hour performance saw him revisit some of the most successful songs of his career as members of the audience danced in the aisles.

A reception with Lithuanian food and French wine provided a background for a short photography exhibition by Algimantas Kunčius.

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