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On 16 February 2018, Lithuania will celebrate 100 years of the Restoration of Lithuania’s Statehood. To mark that historic occasion, four Dutch carillonists Mr. Bauke Reitsma, Ms. Gerda Peters, Mr. Gijsbert Kok and Mr. Auke de Boer took the initiative to play music of renowned Lithuanian composers in churches across the Netherlands.

The performances will be held on 13, 16 and 17 February in seven locations:

On Tuesday, 13 February 2018, Mr. Bauke Reitsma will perform music by Lithuanian composers, as well composed by Joseph J. Visser, inspired by Lithuanian landscape in:

  • Baarn at 9:45 a.m. in the 'Pauluskerk', and
  • Weesp at 11:00 a.m. in 'Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk'.

On Friday, 16 February 2018, all four performers will give concerts in four cities:

  • Amersfoort at 10.00 a.m., Mr. Bauke Reitsma in tower of 'Onze Lieve Vrouwe',
  • Almere Haven at 11.00 a.m., Ms. Gerda Peters in the tower of 'de Goede Rede',
  • The Hague at 12.00 noon, Mr. Gijsbert Kok in 'de Grote Kerk',
  • Dokkum at 19.00 p.m., Mr. Auke de Boer in the Town Hall.

On Saturday, 17 February 2018, at 11.00 a.m., as conclusion to the tribute to the Centenary, Mr. Auke de Boer will play Lithuanian tunes in Groningen at 'de Martinitoren'.

The concerts celebrating the Centenary include pieces from Mykalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, Juozas Gruodis, Juozas Naujalis, Vincas Kudirka, and Dalia Kairaitytė.

The four carillonist have been guest-performers to the Pažaislis Musical Festival of Lithuania. The carillons’ concerts were so successful that in 2018 these musicians have been invited to join the festival again.

The Embassy of Lithuania highly appreciates the contribution to the Centenary celebration by outstanding Dutch musicians, and invites all music lovers to join these unique concerts.

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The Lithuanian filmmaker Mindaugas Survila at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) with his film

The Ancient Woods / "SENGIRĖ" ( 86 min, 2017)

16 November — 19:00 - 20:43 (in de Munt 09)
17 November — 19:00 - 20:57 (Brakke Grond Expozaal)
24 November — 11:15 - 12:43 (Tuschinski 5)
26 November —14:30 - 15:58 (Tuschinski 2)

Please read more here.

All the locations for IDFA 2017 can be seen here.

More information about a film:

Lithuanians in Netherlands » Cultural diplomacy »
LT. art2017.jpg 2017: Migration Added2017.11.10 (previously known as LTart.NL) is an annual event that brings together Lithuanian expats in the Benelux countries and presents Lithuanian arts and culture to Dutch and international audience. The event showcases various forms of art including painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewellery, live music and even Lithuanian cuisine for Dutch, Lithuanian and international community in the Netherlands. Each year a different topic is chosen that the presented artists interpret and engage with through their work. Having explored the topics of IDENTITY, DIVERSITY, REFLECTION and INTERLUDE in the previous years, this year will evolve around the theme of MIGRATION.

Check out our full programme and stay tuned!

When? November 18-19, 2017
Where? Home of Art, Korte Vijverberg 2, 2513 AB The Hague
Who? Miglė Anušauskaitė (LT), Adomas Danusevičius (LT), Katja Dendulk & Kastė Šeškevičiūtė (NL), Sonata Riepšaitė (NL/LT), Eglė Ulčickaitė (LT), Julijana Zavjalova (BE/LT), Goda Žukauskaitė (NL) || Films by: Tomas Gvozdas, Ernestas Jankauskas, Karolis Kaupinis, Marija Kavtaradze & Vytautas Katkus,  Ieva Miškinytė, Marija Stonytė, Jonas Trukanas, Gabrielė Urbonaitė, Giedrė Žickytė & Maite Alberdi

Entrance is free of charge

This event is organised by the Lithuanian Community in the Netherlands and Lithuanian cultural theory and critique magazine is made possible with the financial support of Lithuanian Council for Culture, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania and “Global Lithuania” programme.

More information: and Facebook page


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*THE BUTTON (2012, 5m48s, Lithuania)

Director: Ieva Miškinytė
Producer: Valentas Aškinis

Film will be shown on the 22nd of October at 17:45, in EUROPEAN DELIGHTS, preseted by EUNIC NL.

*RUNNING LIGHTS (2017, 11m20s, Lithuania/India/Finland)

Director: Gediminas Šiaulys
Producer: Miglė Pelauskaitė

Running Lights is listed on ANIMATED SHORTS 7 program shown on 18th, 19th and 21st of October

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On 6 September, the Ambassador of Lithuania to the Netherlands Vidmantas Purlys presented his letters of credence to the King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander.

The officials discussed issues related to bilateral relations, security, European politics, etc.

The Ambassador Purlys noted that the Netherlands was a trusted ally of NATO, which substantially contributed to enhancing the Alliance’s security on its Eastern frontier. “We are grateful to the Netherlands for its solidarity,” said Purlys.

The Ambassador also said that Lithuania and the Netherlands were cooperating closely to address items on the European Union’s agenda and similarly assessed key challenges, such as the EU’s security, competitiveness and others.

As regards bilateral relations, the interlocutors noted that the Netherlands was one of the main economic partners of Lithuania. The country is the second largest investor in Lithuania and its important trading partner. According to Purlys, the dialogue with the Netherlands in the field of energy, in the implementation of projects to enhance Lithuania’s energy security, particularly in the introduction of advanced liquefied natural gas technologies, is important for Lithuania.

Photo: Rotapool / Koen van Weel

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During VVD Congress on May 19, 2017, Ambassador Darius Semaška expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Mark Rutte for deployment of Dutch soldiers to Lithuania to join German-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion.

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The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics and the Embassy of Lithuania in the Netherlands cordially invite everyone who is interested in the Lithuanian language to the second

Symposium about the Lithuanian Language

Date and time: 10 March 2017, 15:00h-18:00h

Location: Wijkplaats 2/002.


15:15-15:25   Opening by H.E. Mr. Darius Semaška, Lithuanian ambassador to The Netherlands.

15:25-15:55   Lecture by Prof. Dr. Alexander Lubotsky, Who discovered that Lithuanian is an Indo-European language?

15:55-16:15   Lecture by Marija Snieckutė, Lithuanian language and nationalism in the 19th century.

16:15-16:35   Lecture by Dr. Tijmen Pronk, Žemaitian and the Curonian pirates.

16:35              Lithuanian snacks and drinks in the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics Common room, Wijkplaats 4, second floor.

Please confirm your attendance at [email protected].

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On Thursday, March 9, at 08:15 pm two pianist from Lithuania, Ms. Milda Daunoraitė and Mr. Kasparas Mikužis, will again perform in the Netherlands. More information please find here.

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Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) has opened the registration to Summer Internship Programme (SIP) which will take place on July 10 – August 11, 2017. This Programme offers a practical opportunity for students to gain professional knowledge of their chosen field, learn or improve their English or Lithuanian language skills and get to know the Lithuania of today. Students who successfully end their internships and defend the final projects are awarded with 6 academic credits (ECTS).

Youths from anywhere in the world are invited to submit the online registration form until March 31, 2017. The participants are not required to speak Lithuanian or have Lithuanian origin: anyone interested in this country and looking for a useful way to spend summer is welcome.

The participation fee is EUR 450. Accommodation is provided at the VMU Dormitory No. 2 (Vytauto pr. 71, Kaunas).

More information about the programme see here

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