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Let’s celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way together!

18 August, 10.00-12.00 hrs: Oldtimer show and a concert to be held in Vilnius Cathedral Square. The organiser of the event – the Classic Car Club Klasika – has decided to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way by organising an antique vehicles’ run that will follow the historical route of the Baltic Way.

23 August, 9.00 hrs: All-motor Baltic Way Run kicks off in Vilnius Cathedral Square, organised by Jeep Club Lithuania, which is inviting anyone willing to spread the message about this significant event for all the three Baltic States, while particularly focusing on the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way, to join this symbolic run and thus relive the Baltic Way and its main ideas: the UNITY and FREEDOM. To participate, it is enough have a motor vehicle and register here.

23 August, 19.00 hrs: Both visitors and locals are welcome at the concert to be held in Vilnius Cathedral to mark the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way. 30 years ago, people got together in Vilnius Cathedral Square at the foot of Gediminas Castle to make the first link in the human chain spanning across the three Baltic States. In memory of this unparalleled expression of unity, let us get together to celebrate the unity and freedom.

23 August: LRT is creating a unique radio installation to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way. On 23 August 1989, radio served as a herald of freedom mobilizing millions of people to join their hands in the human chain of the Baltic Way. To mark its role in the Baltic Way, the public broadcaster is creating a unique installation built of old radios, which are hoped to be donated by the people, who are asked to bring them to LRT office (S. Konarskio Street 49, Vilnius) or take them to any post office in Lithuania by 10 August. The items are promised to be given new life on 23 August at the Baltic Way celebration in Vilnius Cathedral Square. For more information about the campaign, please visit: www.lrt.lt

An interactive installation ‘Feel our Freedom’ dedicated to the Baltic Way will open on 23 August in Gediminas Castle Tower. You will be invited to become part of the Baltic Way at this special place where everything began thirty years ago. The Gediminas Castle Tower was the point where the human chain started stretching all the way to Tallinn and thereby expressing the desire of the Baltic nations for freedom.

You will see for yourself what it felt back then (as an adult or a child) holding out your hand to somebody next to you – most likely a stranger – but in any case, led by one and only cause, i.e. freedom. Authentic emotions, songs and stories will take you back to that day. There is also a permanent exposition of the Baltic Way, which will help you get the full picture of what happened back then.

The exposition is a perfect opportunity to relive the moment for those who were actually part of the Baltic Way and for those who were not – to feel a unique sense of unity and self-determination.

23 August: A movable exhibition ‘People from Klaipėda on the Baltic Way’ held in Klaipėda next to the monument Arka. The organiser is the History Museum of Lithuania Minor, which is inviting the inhabitants of the port city, who took part in this extraordinary campaign of the unity, to help make this exhibition happen by sharing their photos capturing those memorable moments. More information about the event and sharing of the photos can be found here.

23 August, 19.00-21.00 hrs: Commemoration event ‘The Baltics are wakening up‘ held at the square of Trakai Culture

24 August: Intellectual, cultural mototourism rally across Lithuania ‘Ryterna Modul Mototourism Rally’, which can be joined from any place in Lithuania to finish in Birštonas. The Baltic Way happened because of the people who stood tall in the human chain, and the cultural mototourism rally across Lithuania calls on everyone to get to know those people and to symbolically recreate the Baltic Way.

31 August, 21.00 hrs: The Baltic States will again join in the Ancient Bonfire Night to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way. On 31 August, we will light symbolic fires of Baltic unity and friendship along the coast of the Baltic Sea in memory of the heroes of the Baltic Way. The fires made by us all together will symbolise the Baltic friendship, unity, common history and cultural heritage.

This celebration will also include poetry, folklore and traditional dance events, which will welcome both the locals as well as the guests. For more details on the location of bonfires and the events please visit here.

Please note that fires cannot be made on the Baltic Sea coast unless you have all the required authorisations from the local municipal administrations.

(List of events to be confirmed)

Photo: Andriaus Aleksandravičiaus