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Weekly News from Lithuania, December 20 2019

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December 20, 2019             

 
 
 
POLITICS
 
 
 
Lithuania allocates humanitarian aid to Albania

 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania has allocated additional EUR 10, 000 for humanitarian aid to Albania. The funds will be transferred to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

This action contributes to the response to the earthquake that struck on 26 November 2019 near Tirana, the capital of Albania, and to the provision of humanitarian aid to the victims of disaster.

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Development of the joint brigade discussed by Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian representatives in Vilnius

President Gitanas Nausėda met with leaders of the Nordic and Baltic countries before the first working session of the European Council. The meeting focused on climate change policy, multiannual financial framework, implementation of the EU strategic agenda and Brexit.

The President highlighted Lithuania’s determination to shift to a climate-neutral policy by 2050 and support the implementation of innovative and environmentally friendly technologies to achieve this target.


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The President: the Baltic strength lies in unity
 

President Gitanas Nausėda met with Latvian President Egils Levit and Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid in Riga.

“The strength of the Baltic States lies in their unity, and I am convinced that regular meetings of the Presidents are the best platform for discussing strategic guidelines, future visions and challenges. We need to monitor geopolitical processes together and strengthen common stance in shaping EU and NATO policies”, said Gitanas Nausėda.

 

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BUSINESS & SCIENCE
 
 

Why Lithuania was the perfect fit for Hollister
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The Spurt of Lithuanian Start-ups Continues: €166.5 Million of Investment was Attracted Within the Year


2019 is a memorable year in the Lithuanian start-up ecosystem: the number of innovative companies is nearing 1,000, startups have attracted more than €166,5 million. Vinted, the country’s first start-up to become a unicorn, which has attracted a record amount of investment so far – €128 million, has also proven that innovative products crated by Lithuanian start-ups have great potential.

 


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One Successful Day Redeems All the Bad Ones, Says Startup Founders



What is the secret to a successful startup? The startup community is growing exponentially, we can rejoice at innovations that attract increasingly higher investments, however, quite a few startups fail before even reaching the market. This raises a question – what are the professional and personal challenges that startup founders face, what influences their successes and failures?


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  Go Vilnius
9:43 AM - Dec 17, 2019
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Vilnius is proud being home to talented and ambitious entrepreneurs who change the rules of their fields. Therefore there's a new Startup #Museum in #Vilnius celebrating the city's entrepreneurial spirit through the stories of a dozen home-grown startups that have achieved global success. From mobility to cosmos startups, the museum is a space to learn and draw inspiration for your own #billion-dollar idea! ? #GoVilnius #startup #success

 
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Innovative construction materials manufacturer is being established in Klaipėda FEZ

 

A Monaco based company GRH International has established a new company in Klaipėda’s Free Economic Zone.

GRH International has been developing technology to enable the production of sustainable and innovative materials for the construction market. The new company GRH LT is committed to taking this development further and to introducing new multi-layered composite panels for the building industry. It plans to employ up to 50 people for various R&D, production and administrative functions.

 

 

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Podcast Technotronika: First Lithuanian Unicorn: I Had to Play “All in”


The second season of the podcast Technotronika begins with one of the brightest stars in this year’s startup world – the unicorn Vinted! Mantas Mikuckas the co-founder and COO of this startup will tell you what three cycles each startup has to go through and why Vinted was in a
deadlock? How has the business been influenced by greening trends and what is his approach to preserving the planet?

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CULTURE & HISTORY
 
 
  Lithuania. Real is beautiful
9:06 AM - Dec 16, 2019
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Spending Christmas in Lithuania? You’re in luck – because Santa is, too! Just a short drive from Lithuania's capital, Vilnius, you’ll find our other 'capital city' – Trakai, the Lithuanian capital of culture and, for the holidays, home of Santa! You'll find plenty here to entertain you over the holiday season, from workshops and family-friendly theatre shows to exhibitions and concerts. Find out more: http://bit.ly/Christmas-in-Trakai Photo credit: Andrius Aleksandravičius

 
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BALTIC RIOT – 5 Lithuanian artists to watch

 


Contemporary Lynx presents to you five noteworthy Lithuanian artists, whose art is striking, even amongst the melancholic and magical atmospheres present in Lithuania, Heart of the Baltics.

The list includes Patricija Jurkšaitytė, Šarūnas Sauka, Adomas Danusevičius, Augustinas Serapinas and Deimantas Narkevičius. What is so special about them?


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Les Arcs trains its spotlight on Lithuania

 

Lithuania will be one of the four countries under the spotlight of the 11th Les Arcs Film Festival, which will take place from 14-21 December. The country’s presence is quite impressive, as one film will be screened in the Official Competition, three projects are ready to be presented in the industry section, and three features and two shorts will be screened under the festival’s spotlight. In addition, the gathering will welcome the biggest delegation of almost 20 Lithuanian film professionals to
the event.

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Street in Vilnius tells a hidden story of Litvaks and conversion

 

Šv. Stepono street, stretching from the edge of the old town, hides stories of conversions from Judaism to Christianity and hidden signs of a buzzing Vilnius Jewish life.

As Lithuania gears up to mark 2020 as the year of the Vilna Gaon and the History of the Jews of Lithuania, LRT English together with Vilnius University and Jewish Heritage Lithuania bring you a series of stories exploring Litvak history.

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Christmas Towns of Vilnius – a magic feast at the heart of the city

 

Colourful fairs attracting thousands of visitors have been held all over Europe to make waiting for the most beautiful holiday of the year more exciting. Compared to the largest European capitals, Christmas Towns in the Cathedral and the Town Hall Square of Vilnius are still very young, but have already become a part of the festive capital culture, with their own traditions and a distinctive face.


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The Most Influential Artists of 2019
 

Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, and Lina Lapelytė included in the annual list of the most influential artists of the year.

The artists mounted an unusual opera at the Venice Biennale’s Lithuanian pavilion this year. The trio swiftly became the talk of the town—and the art world—as they clinched the ultimate prize, the Golden Lion. Culling together their collective expertise in art, filmmaking, theater, music, and writing, the trio staged Sun & Sea (Marina) (2019), a searing and humorous treatise on climate change.

 

 

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December 21
 
Uptown Christmas’19: Last-minute market
 

„Uptown Christmas’19: Last-minute market” – the best place for original Christmas presents under one roof. On the 21-23h of December LOFTAS will be surrounded by great music, festive atmosphere and the smell of mulled wine.

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December 20 - January 5
 
The Alternative Christmas Courtyard
 

This is a rare opportunity to see the new face of Lukiškės Prison. Don’t forget to capture the moment because you might have to wait a long time for another experience like this. The festive installation will light up the entire courtyard, transforming it into a interesting space.

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December 25
 
Christmas night...
 

Chamber Orchestra of Vilnius University invites to spend the magical Christmas evening together with the best Christmas music, known melodies in a new light.

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GLOBAL LITHUANIA
 
 
4th Honorary Consulate opened in Australia
 

On 13 December, the Ambassador of Lithuania to Australia Gediminas Varvuolis opened the Honorary Consulate of Lithuania in Darwin. Egle Garrick, an active member of the Lithuanian World Community, was appointed as the Honorary Consul of Lithuania in the Northern Territory.

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Highlight of the Week
 
 
 
Merry Christmas from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs!

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Photo credits @ Gabrielė Niekytė

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