Lithuanians and guests from abroad will enjoy the exceptionally festive summer of 2009 in Lithuania. The country entered the European history when it was first mentioned in a medieval German manuscript, the Quedlinburg Chronicle, so the present year of 2009 is a festive year of the Millennium of Lithuania. Also, Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania is this year’s European Capital of Culture.
There has never been a better time to visit Lithuania than now as the country enters its second Millennium. Exactly one thousand years later capital Vilnius has a golden opportunity to reveal its secrets as the European Capital of Culture 2009. The year will see more than 300 events take place across Vilnius and 120 projects planned for the 2010 and 2011 ahead to mark the occasion.
At the opening concert of Vilnius Festival 2009 yesterday, the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev, a renowned expert in Russian music, performed symphonic works by Stravinsky and Rachmaninov with a world premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s symphonic fresco Lithuanian Saga (commissioned by the Vilnius – European Capital of Culture 2009).
The Latvian airline airBaltic has announced three new destinations for the summer season in 2009 – Geneva (Switzerland), Turku (Finland), and Kaunas (Lithuania).
On the first Saturday of May thousands of people in Vilnius and other Lithuanian cities go out into the streets to play music. The Street Musician Day is the event uniting everybody who speaks the world's most universal language - the language of music.
The Latvian airline airBaltic plans to add direct flights to the Palanga-Riga route by introducing additional frequencies on Mondays and Fridays, and fly bigger aircraft on the Vilnius-Riga route, to offer an improved transit product for passengers travelling via Riga to and from Western Europe, CIS countries, Scandinavia, and Mediterranean region.
Lithuanian Airlines (flyLAL) has announced that its 2009 flight schedule will include direct routes from London and Dublin to the Lithuanian summer tourist resort Palanga which lies on the Baltic coast.
Hotels.com, the world’s most visited hotel booking site*, has announced its further expansion into the Eastern European market with the launch of six new local language sites in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Slovakia and Croatia.
On May 17, flyLAL-Lithuanian Airlines, the Lithuanian national carrier is starting direct flights from London Stansted to Palanga, the Lithuanian resort on the “amber” coast so called because this local gold is washed up all along the beach.
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There are only 506 days to go before we can greet Vilnius as the European Capital of Culture 2009. The Lithuanian capital is the first city in the post-Soviet block to be awarded this distinguished status. The 20-year-old tradition, which has seen a total 30 European cities being designated European Capital of Culture, will now enable Vilnius to present its distinguished cultural identity to the world.
The largest music and entertainment festival in the Baltics will take place in Norviliskes, cultural crossroads by the Belarusian border on the 24—26th of August.
The Sea Festival is the biggest traditional summer festival in Lithuania attracting half a million visitors every year and has been organized for more than 70 years in Klaipeda. Klaipeda is the only seaport in Lithuania and is the most northern ice – free port in the Baltic Sea.
After a four years gap Lithuania’s largest cultural event – the World Lithuanian Song Festival - will take place on 5th to 8th July in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, and, the first time, in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city.
Anyone in search of an unforgettable cruise experience need look no further than the beautiful Baltic Sea region. For it’s here, in the midst of history, culture and breath-taking attractions, that more and more people are choosing their cruise holiday.
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