Posts tagged as Vilnius

Iranian ambassador hopes Vilnius can sway US on nuclear deal

Friday, January 17, 2020

Iranian Ambassador to Lithuania Masoud Edrisi Kermanshahi, based in Warsaw, hopes Lithuania can help bring Washington back to the so-called Iran nuclear deal. “We urge the Polish and Lithuanian authorities, who are friends of the United States, to remind the Americans of their strategic mistakes and to ask them to get back to their commitments,” Kermanshahi told LRT English in a written statement. However, it’s “unrealistic” to expect the US…

Child allegedly abducted in Vilnius, police launch manhunt

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Lithuanian police launched an extensive search operation on Wednesday night following reports that a child could have been abducted in Vilnius. The city’s police were alerted at around 19:14 on Wednesday that a girl aged 11 or 12 could have been forced into a silver or yellow car with foreign number plates on Sausio 13-osios Street. Police said on Thursday morning that an intensive overnight search had produced no tangible…

Lithuania marks 29th anniversary of Freedom Defenders’ Day

Monday, January 13, 2020

Lithuania marks the 29th anniversary of Freedom Defenders’ Day and the memory of killed freedom defenders on Monday. Fourteen civilians were killed and hundreds more were wounded when the Soviet troops stormed the TV Tower and the Radio and Television Committee building in Vilnius, the offices of present-day LRT, in the early hours of January 13, 1991. The Soviet Union used military force to overthrow the legitimate government of Lithuania,…

Lukiškės prison in Vilnius gears up for Netflix’s Stranger Things

Thursday, January 9, 2020

The fourth season of the Netflix drama Stranger Things will be shot in Vilnius, several sources told BNS on Thursday. The Lukiškės prison, which closed in summer 2019, is named as one of the filming locations. And although a contract with the TV series’ creators has not yet been signed, active preparations are underway and equipment is being installed, the sources told BNS. Lukiškės prison in central Vilnius / E.…

Mood-measuring cameras in Vilnius say you’re happy

Saturday, December 28, 2019

A camera system developed by Vilnius Gediminas Technical University has indexed the mood of passers-by based on their facial expressions, body language, temperature, and other factors. Placed in several locations across Vilnius, the cameras are able to pick up various indicators that can measure someone’s well-being, according to Artūras Kaklauskas, a professor at VGTU and the project’s initiator. One parameter can pick up emotions – whether someone is happy, or…

Former prison unveils Black Mirror-like Christmas display in Vilnius

Monday, December 23, 2019

Inside the Tsar-era prison in central Vilnius, a surreal display of lights and eerie music is offering an alternative Christmas venue, complete with a water-fountain Christmas tree and ominous, blinkering LED screens, light displays and interactive swings. The prison closed in summer 2019, after serving its purpose across multiple generations, and under Tsarist, Nazi, and Soviet regimes, as well as during inter-war and present-day Lithuania. Due to its history, some…

Vilnius prison tipped to feature in Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The Lithuanian media reported last week that the new season of the hit Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’ may be filmed in a defunct Vilnius prison. The Lithuanian Film Centre has not confirmed the reports, but says that foreign film and TV production in Lithuania has grown exponentially over the last six years. The news website Delfi said last week two “reliable sources” confirmed that several episodes of the series’ next…

Vilnius plans to build monument for Jew savers

Monday, December 16, 2019

A monument to Jew savers is planned to be built in Vilnius over the next couple of years. Lithuanian Culture Minister Mindaugas Kvietkauskas has set up a working group to consider the concept of such a monument and set conditions for a creative idea tender. “We have been planning for a couple of years now to build a very important monument for the memory of our state and nation. A…

Christmas jog in Vilnius draws thousands

Monday, December 16, 2019

Over 3,600 people took part in the 44th yearly Christmas Run in Vilnius on Sunday. Most participants dressed as Santas, but also as Snowhites, elves, christmas presents, or various film heroes. The runners could either take part in a three, six, or 12 kilometre tracks, while a 300 metre stretch was open for the children. LRT.LT

Planespotting site for photographers and skygazers opens at Vilnius Airport

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Vilnius Airport has opened a planespotting site catered for families, enthusiasts and photographers, according to a press release. The site includes an elevated part adapted for photographers, as well as a shelter and benches. In 2020, information stands will display information on most frequently seen aircrafts, the machinery used at the airport and a general plan of the area. A children’s playground is also planned for next year.   Th…