To mark this very special milestone, Vilnius will host multiple formal events, as well as celebrations that everyone can attend.
This is where you’ll get to see the original Act of Independence of Lithuania that was found in the archive of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2017. The exhibition will open at the House of Signatories (Pilies St. 26) on January 21 and will be free to visit every Tuesday – Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
To mark a hundred years since 1918 – a very important year in the history of all three Baltic nations – the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and the Estonian National Male Choir will be performing musical pieces by Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian composers at the Vilnius Philharmonic.
The two-act ballet tells the story of Vytautas the Great – the ruler of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. You’ll travel back in time to medieval Lithuania and see a ballet that’s new to local audiences: it’s a Belarusian production that will be shown in Vilnius for the first time to mark the Centennial.
From 9 to 18 February, the streets of central Vilnius will transform to reflect the look and feel of the town in 1918 – the year when the Act of Independence was signed in the heart of Vilnius Old Town. You’ll have a chance to join free guided tours, but wandering around on your own may be just as rewarding: look out for plates with old street names, restaurants that serve early 20th century dishes, and more.
Every year on 16 February, bonfires are lit on Gediminas Avenue to mark the Day of Restoration of the State of Lithuania. The event will take on an unprecedented scale to mark the Centennial – 100 bonfires will light the night on Gediminas Avenue and span its entire length.
Every day for one whole year, the Trumpeter of Independence has been playing a very special song from a window of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. The time this happens each day was carefully chosen as well – 19:18, to honour the year when the Act of Independence of Lithuania was signed. The last performance will take place on the day of the Centennial at the concert at Cathedral Square. www.lithuania100.com.
Every local knows that there’s always something happening at Cathedral Square on the evening of 16 February. The free festive concert promises to create a patriotic mood and will include performances by multiple Lithuanian artists – everyone’s welcome to attend. You really can’t go wrong with putting it on your itinerary.
The Lithuanian Museum of Theatre, Music and Cinema will present its own take on the Centennial: an exhibition dedicated to the theatre arts in the years following the declaration of the country’s independence. What went on in the cultural life of a young country? Drop by to find out.
Is it possible to fit the culture of an entire country into one park? Essentially, that is what a Lithuanian Song Festival is all about. From 1 to 6 July, people from every corner of Lithuania will gather in Vilnius for a celebration of song and dance so impressive it made UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.