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Culture

  • The culture of Lithuania has been influenced by geography, historical events, and artistic movements.  Lithuania boasts a vibrant diversity that includes Jewish, Russian, and Polish influences.
  • Lithuanians consider Mikalojas Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875–1911) to be their most significant artist. His art, which is not limited to one sphere of art, is recognized as the most valuable contribution of Lithuanians to the world culture, and his name is mentioned along with such popular modernists as M. Kandinskis, E. Munhas, O. Redonas, F. Kupka and others.
  • Lithuania is the birthplace of many other distinguished personalities among which are Jonas Mekas (film creator), Eimuntas Nekrošius (theatre director),  Maironis (Jonas Mačiulis) (poet), Martynas Mažvydas (writer) ect.
  • Lively cultural events, concerts and festivals take place all year round, all over the country. Lithuanians are big fans of music of all kinds - this was, after all, the scene of the Singing Revolution - and the country is full of choirs, symphonic and chamber orchestras, theatre companies, contemporary dance troupes and opera and ballet artists. Annual festivals of classical music such as the Vilnius Festival, the St. Christopher's Festival and the Pažaislis Festival are internationally acclaimed.
  • Every four years a Song and Dance Festival of Lithuania (Dainų šventė) is organized, gathering dozens of thousands singers and dancers. This Festival is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • Basketball is one of the most popular sports in Lithuania. Lithuanians are really proud of the achievements of their basketball players, who popularize the name of Lithuania by their victories throughout the world.
  • Lithuanian cuisine features the products suited to the cool and moist northern climate of Lithuania: barley, potatoes, rye, beets, greens, berries, and mushrooms are locally grown, and dairy products are one of its specialities.
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    Source: http://balticexport.com/?article=par-lietuvu&lang=en