On the 6th of December a meeting with the Migration Information Centre „Renkuosi Lietuvą“ was held at the Embassy with the presence of Ambassador Gediminas Varvuolis and representatives of Lithuanian Community in Belgium.
During the meeting, the project „Renkuosi Lietuvą“ was presented. In this project, MIC provides free consultations (related to work, social, educational, foreign family members’ integration and other issues) at one location for all the Lithuanian emigrants who already returned or are thinking about coming back to Lithuania.
For more information about the project - renkuosilietuva.lt and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/RenkuosiLietuva/).
On the 14th of November a special evening was held at the Embassy. The Lithuanian community had an exceptional opportunity to hear a live performance delivered by the opera singer Edgaras Montvidas as well as getting to know his unique personality from close.
After the welcome speech made by the Ambassador Gediminas Varvuolis, the opera singer performed songs written by famous Lithuanian and foreign composers. The packed audience were moved by the performance and accepted it with loud plaudits. As the singer himself, he mentioned that there is no better way to end his time in Brussels as to perform for Lithuanians at the Embassy. For the past two months the opera singer was intensively performing at the famous La Monnaie Opera house.
Following the impressive performance there was an honest interview with Rasa Pakarnaite during which Edgaras Montvidas shared memories about his early career, achievements, and mentioned about his hopes for the future and upcoming roles. The evening ended with an informal reception where members of the Lithuanian community had a chance to chat with the performer personally.
On the 12th of November Ambassador Gediminas Varvuolis met the World Lithuanian Youth Association (WLYO).
During the meeting Central European leaders from the World Lithuanian Youth Association shared their experiences with the Ambassador and were pleased to hear about the close cooperation between the Embassy of Lithuania and the Lithuanian community in Belgium.
On 27th October Ambassador Gediminas Varvuolis attended the presentation of the sociolinguistic survey “Social value of languages in Lithuania and Finland – is there anything to worry about?“ by the Departments of Baltic Studies and Finnish Studies situated at the University of Greifswald. The presentation took place at the Embassy of Finland and was followed by the discussion during which Ambassador of Lithuania Gediminas Varvuolis, Ambassador of Finland Timo Ranta and the researchers analysed the attitudes of Finland’s and Lithuania’s populations and how people in Finland and Lithuania really think of the mixture of official and minorities’ languages in their countries.
The detailed documentation of the survey will be published in the summer of 2017.
The event was jointly organized by the Lithuanian and Polish Embassies, the Jewish Secular Community Center, the Polish Institute and Šeduva Jewish Memorial Fund.
The opening words by Jewish Secular community centre director Henri Gutman, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania H.E. Gediminas Varvuolis and Ambassador of the Republic of Poland H.E. Artur Orzechowski were followed by the presentation of the Lithuanian Jewish culture and heritage project “Lost Shtetl” by Sergey Kanovich. The project led to the restoration of the old Jewish cemetery in Šeduva, the dedication of three monuments at the town’s mass murder sites and one in the town centre. Program director of the Core Exhibition for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett presented her unique narrative chosen to tell more than a millennium covering Jewish history in Poland. The participants had an exceptional opportunity to see the trailer of the documentary movie by Saulius Beržinis and Sergey Kanovich “Petrified Time”. The event ended with Yiddish songs performed by Rafailas Karpis (tenor) and Darius Mažintas (piano).