March 9th 4 pm – Lithuanian Shrove Tuesday celebration. Scary masks are an important part of the Shrove Tuesday. They are usually made from paper, wood, newspapers, wool, and any other material you ever imagine. Another tradition is to eat pancakes. We will play games, will elect the best and most scariest mask, we will taste various pancakes (bring some with you!). Later we will dance to the sounds of Ülo Saaremõts’s accordion. Location: Tähtvere beach (near Tähtvere stadium).
March 11th 4 pm – An opening of exposition „Plants, animals and other people“ by Reda Tomingas. Last March it was firstly exhibited in Vilnius Užupis art gallery. The artworks are divided into water-colors and digital art. Location: UT College of Foreign Languages and Cultures (Lossi 3).
March 11th 6 pm – Screening of the film “Emilia. Breaking Free” (director Donatas Ulvydas, 2017, in Lithuanian with Estonian subtitles). The historical background of the film is the self-immolation of Romas Kalanta in 1972 and the subsequent unrest in Kaunas. The film will be introduced by Tiina Kattel, a lecturer of Lithuanian language and culture at the University of Tartu. Location: Jakobi 2, room 130.
March 13th 5 pm – Seminar on Lithuanian war history (in English). Speaker: museologist Deividas Bankus from the Vytautas the Great War Museum (Kaunas, Lithuania). The seminar’s topic is “Lithuania and Sweden in 1600–1629 war”. The seminar will also review the history of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Location: Jakobi 2, room 112.
March 16th 12 pm – we’ll greet spring learning to decorate Easter eggs in Lithuanian way. An artist Birutė Petrauskaitė will tell us about the traditional Lithuanian ornaments and will show us different techniques (decorating with wax, engraving and dyeing with plants). Please bring white boiled eggs. If possible, bring also colourful wax crayons and beeswax. There will be a possibility to buy egg paints. Participation fee 3 euros (only cash). You can only pay in cash! Location: Loodusmaja, Lille 10.