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Vilnius - European Capital of Culture 2009 "

December 10 2008

As part of an annual international program "Cultural Capital of Europe" Vilnius (Republic of Lithuania) proclaimed the "Cultural Capital of Europe 2009".

Official opening of the project "Vilnius - European Capital of Culture" (VECC) will be held on Dec. 31, 2008 for 4 hours before the New Year - all gathered in the central city will be submitted to the musical «@ Hoffmann_Spragtukas» on the fairy tale of Hoffmann and Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker". In this great dance-music event will bring together over 150 musicians, dancers, actors and stuntmen. And at midnight, Gert Hof, a world-renowned German light directors, will present its new laser show: with the help of images will be told a thousand-year history of development of Lithuanian culture. As part of this unique show the Cathedral of Vilnius will be illuminated light spot diameter of 400 meters and a height of 50 kilometers, which, according to organizers, will be seen not only in remote corners of Vilnius, but also from space.

The main objective of this program - to bring together the European nations. The title "Cultural Capital of Europe" privilege and opens up good prospects: the city, awarded the title for a year, may declare itself to the world - through a demonstration of national achievements in the field of culture.

The essence of the project, whose motto - Live Culture (Culture live), - in the implementation of creative interaction between people. The project "Vilnius - European Capital of Culture 2009" will allow anyone creatively express themselves: after all, participants in many activities will be not only professionals but also ordinary citizens - the residents of the city and visitors. This is the first cultural program of this scale, implemented in Lithuania.

In Vilnius will host more than 900 different cultural, artistic and social events, 90% of which viewers will see for the first time. Most of the events will be free. It is expected that the city was visited by more than 3 million visitors.

The program "Vilnius - European Capital of Culture 2009" will be art exhibitions, concerts, premieres films and performances, etc. Thus, the expected exposure of famous Georgian artist Niko Pirosmani address the London Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the visit of Italian director Romeo Castellucci and much more.

In addition, during the year will be a series of events, which will be attended by Russian artists - either alone or as part of international teams. In the spring of 2008, Russian musicians will take part in the Festival of Sacred Music (Festival of Sacral Music «Irmalagionai»), in the summer - in the Opera Festival (Vilnius Opera Festival), the fall will be displaying the best Russian performances - as part of theatrical competition "Golden Mask" and "Baltic house". And this is only part of the planned activities.

Organizers are planning a Children's Art Festival, as well as a series of activities for the elderly - in particular, holding a dance competition "Second Breath." Special events will be organized for people with disabilities ("I once again see the sun"), as well as socially disadvantaged groups (dance project "Sacred Spring").

The title "Cultural Capital of Europe" is important not only for the Vilnius, but also for the whole of Lithuania. Subsequently, the plan calls for such a large-scale social and cultural programs in other cities.


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