Cross-posted from DaivaRepeckaite.com - you can comment there.
I found a fun questionnaire on this blog
and decided to use it to ‘close’ 2011 on Wonderland. This year was
exceptionally full of travelling, for which I feel grateful. I went
somewhere almost every month. I visited 3 continents, 12 countries (6 of
them – for the first time) and 21 cities.
Let It Be Night is an annual festival in Vilnius (see post two years ago).
It brings together professional and amateur artists to perform at
night. Most of the events are free of charge, and many happen outside.
The idea is to make Vilnius more of a night city, which it is not.
The festival takes place in June, just before academic year fully
Also posted on DaivaRepeckaite.com
As soon as it became warm enough, Laimikis.lt
relaunched its initiative called "Bubble the City" in English (in
rather unsuccessful search for an adequate term for the creative
Lithuanian "Burbuliatorius"). As last year, it takes place in Lithuanian
cities and towns, as well as the most popular migrant destinations.
Let us start with something positive on this special day. I would like to wish a happy Independence Day to all citizens, inhabitants and friends of Lithuania. May we all grow together and have an opportunity to see this country become increasingly a better, more equal and more welcoming place for all.
Are multiple languages in public space an issue? Not in many countries. But in Lithuania there is an ongoing battle over some buses and street signs, which, in addition to Lithuanian, give translations in Polish. A law in Lithuania obliges all public signs (streets, institutions, etc.) to be in Lithuanian. The mainstream interpretation is that this implies they have to be in Lithuanian only.
December (Lt. 'gruodis') is named after harsh, dry frost ('gruodas'). After several global-warming type of winters, it's already the second which is exceptionally cold. It is -13 at the moment, and if it goes down even more, it seems that eyelids will freeze together after every blink. Like any stronger weather-related phenomenon, snow exposes the mismanagement of Vilnius' streets.
I wanted to write a blog post about the classical Christmas songs that have been 'translated' and appropriated by Lithuanian singers in the 90s. But I couldn't find some of them on youtube. Please send them along if you have them. One is certainly here: the original, the copy. Also this one: the original, the copy.
One day as I was on the way to my office with my flatmate, a bus, navigating through a traffic jam, suddenly hit the brakes, having most people grab anything they could hold onto. One passenger (approx. in her 60s) did not do it in time. She flew towards the front of the bus, lost her balance and hit the glass. Someone helped her to stand up and sit on a seat.