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Sengirė / The Ancient Woods - the documentary film directed by Mindaugas Survila and screened at IDFA festival last year comes back to The Netherlands. The film can be seen from Friday, 12th October 2018 till Monday, 15th October 2018 in Amsterdam - Het Ketelhuis and Eye Filmmuseum:

- Friday, Oct. 12th at 18:45 hrs. at Cinema Het Ketelhuis (with Q&A by Jos van der Burg PAFF Film Festival).

- Saturday, Oct. 13th at 11:00 hrs. at Cinema Het Ketelhuis (no Q&A PAFF Film Festival).

- Sunday, Oct. 14th at 14:15 hrs. at Cinema Het Ketelhuis (with Q&A by Anne Barnhoorn PAFF Film Festival).

- Monday, Oct. 15th at 19:00 hrs. at EYE Filmmuseum (with Q&A by Peter Delpeut).

Film trailer:

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Two special concerts with beautiful Lithuanian music on 8 June (Overasselt) and 9 June (Nijmegen).

The chamber-choir "Eenvoortwaalf", comprising 12 singers, will be directed by Žana Naidionova from Lithuania, now living in the Netherlands.

Concerts will be held on

Friday June 8, @8.00PM in Overasselt, Antonius Abtkerk, Hoogstraat 9 Overasselt, and

Saturday June 9, @8.00 PM in Nijmegen, Antonius Abtkerk, Dennenstraat 125 Nijmegen.

The entrance for both concerts is free (organizers welcome a gift at the exit).

Member of the choir Kasper Griffioen says that “conductor Žana Naidionova has given our choir very helpful insights into Lithuanian culture and folklore, which resonates in music and lyrics. The result is a surprising, authentic ode to Lithuanian culture. We sing about “Surprising Lithuania”. In this music we feel a strong connection with the national musical heritage.”

Unique concerts for the Netherlands will feature compositions from famous Lithuanian composers Balys Dvarionas, Vaclovas Augustinas, Vaclovas Samotulietis, Konstancija Brundzaitė, Laurynas Vakaris Lopas, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis and Juozas Naujalis.

Žana Naidionova is from Lithuania, where she studied choral conducting and organ. In the Netherlands, she continued her studies with organ and classical singing. Žana regularly performs solo performances as a singer, and is also working as a singing teacher in Alkmaar. Together with pianist Annemarie Ruiters she forms a song duo "Egelantier". Since 2007 Žana also works as a conductor and currently leads several choirs.

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On 16 May,  at the invitation of Lithuanian Cultural Centre (Litouws Cultureel Centrum) and the Embassy of Lithuania, renowned Lithuanian poet, writer, translator and editor-in-chief of the “Vilnius Review” Marius Burokas will take part in European Literature Night in Amsterdam

This year's theme of the European Literature Night is "What time is it?" The evening will be moderated by Guido Snel, writer and lecturer in European Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

Together with Marius Burokas,  11 European writers  will join the discussion: Mustafa Kör (Flanders), Kostas Gouliamos (Cyprus), Murat Işik (Turkey), Jan Carson (United Kingdom), Marije Langelaar (Netherlands), Elmar Kuiper (Friesland), Giorgio Montefoschi (Italy), Dana Grigorcea (Switzerland), Jaroslav Rudiš (Czech Republic), Svealena Kutschke (Germany), Robert G. Elekes (Romania).

Venue: Flemish Arts Centre De Brakke Grond (Nes 45, 1012 KD Amsterdam).

Time: 20:00 hrs.

More information on the event and authors at:

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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:

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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.

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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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