Posts tagged as Vilnius

Vilnius to reconstruct Sports Palace

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Vilnius Council gave a go-ahead for the refurbishment of the Concert and Sports Palace, a derelict edifice built within the site of an old Jewish cemetery. The mayor says the works will be carried out with due respect for the site. Under the draft agreement between the city and the public property manager Turto Bankas (Property Bank), the municipality would refurbish the grounds around the Sports Palace, while Turto Bankas…

Vilnius implemented new traffic rules

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

On Tuesday, Lithuanian capital Vilnius implemented new traffic rules, which ban cars from traversing across the Old Town. The traffic will now flow in loops, meaning that cars will only be able to enter and leave the same sub-divided part of the Old Town. Diagonal movement from one end of the historical centre to the other will now be prohibited. Vilnius Old Town has been divided into four one-way loops,…

Lithuania’s LGBTQ community to protest in Vilnius against ‘demonisation’ by politicians

Monday, July 6, 2020

Lithuania’s LGBTQ community is hosting a pride march in Vilnius on July 11 to protest “against injustice both locally and globally”, the organisers said in a press release. Demonstrators will gather at the Cathedral Square at noon and will march to the Lithuanian parliament. “Political forces that are losing popularity have been trying to turn LGBTQ and other vulnerable communities into their targets,” according to the press release by Pride…

LRT FACTS. Are Lithuanian leaders politicising memory?

Monday, July 6, 2020

A beach set up by Vilnius municipality in Lukiškės square has ignited a moral panic among the country’s politicians. They claim that frivolous festivities are unsuitable in the square, since anti-Tsarist uprising leaders were executed there. Historians, however, say the exact location of the execution has not been determined, while the lingering effects of the Lenin’s statue that used to stand in the square, as well as Soviet repressions and…

Vilnius welcomes updated NATO plans

Thursday, July 2, 2020

As NATO finally endorsed updated defence plans for Poland and the Baltic states, Lithuanian officials say the step is crucial for regional security. “Today we have a coordinated regional NATO defence plan for Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland,” Darius Kuliešius, the president’s adviser on national security, told reporters on Wednesday. “This plan is very important, as it boosts regional security, boosts deterrence and means that Lithuania and the Baltic states…

Lithuanian parliament outlaws ‘open beach’ on Vilnius central square

Monday, June 29, 2020

Lithuania’s parliament, Seimas, has passed a law saying that Lukiškių Square in Vilnius must be used to commemorate fighters for the country’s independence and not offend “good morals”. The bill was put forward in reaction to an initiative by Vilnius authorities to install a temporary beach on the square. The law was passed on Monday in a vote of 78 to 11 with four abstentions. According to it, Lukiškių Square…

Poles in Vilnius back opposition candidate in presidential election

Monday, June 29, 2020

More Polish voters in Vilnius backed Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski in Sunday’s presidential election, and he will now face incumbent President Andrzej Duda in the second round of voting. A total of 231 people voted in Vilnius over the weekend, the Polish Embassy in Vilnius told BNS, with 91 going for the liberal mayor of Warsaw, and 77 for Duda. Well-known journalist Szymon Hołownia came in third with 34 votes.…

A beach too far?

By Benas Gerdžiūnas on Friday, June 26, 2020

A temporary beach in a Vilnius square, complete with hipster fairy lights and quirky signs, has become  the latest battleground   for the country’s historical memory. The issue? It stands on what many politicians describe as hollowed ground for Lithuania’s independence struggles – against Tsarist Russia, Soviet Russia, and Nazi Germany. Vilnius mayor says the beach enables people to celebrate and experience freedom. Critics, meanwhile, say it degrades and makes…

Vilnius turns central square into sandy beach

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Despite its location some 3-hour drive from the coast, Vilnius is offering a beach experience, complete with sand, volleyball and ocean sounds, in one of its central squares, according to a press release from Go Vilnius. “If people of Vilnius cannot go to the sea, then the sea will come to Vilnius,” said Mayor Remigijus Šimašius, presenting the Open Beach on Lukiškės Square. Truck-loads of sand have been delivered to…

Poppy field near Vilnius becomes social media star, to the owner’s irritation – photos

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

A blooming poppy field in Trakai, merely half-an-hour drive from Vilnius, attracted scores of visitors over the weekend, although the owners of the land were less than thrilled. Lithuanian social media filled with images reminiscent of Monet’s paintings as visitors from the capital city and around it flocked to the field to see and take pictures of poppies in full bloom. Ieva Vitėnienė, who has been “poppy chasing” with her…