Back 2020.05.29

Lithuania becomes a giant open-air concert hall!

Next Monday, 1 June, a nationwide campaign ‘Thank You, Lithuania’ will take place to show gratitude to the Lithuanian people for the successful efforts in overcoming the first wave of COVID-19. The campaign will start at 5 p.m. on 1 June, launching outdoor 15-minuteconcerts all across the country, its cities and towns, with music sounds filling squares, parks, and coming from the top of administrative and cultural buildings.

The campaign initiators – the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania together with the Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania and the Association of Lithuanian Culture Centres – hope that open-air concerts will encourage people to stay focused and hopeful, and to be ready to confront any other possible challenges.

‘It was through song that Lithuania regained its Freedom during the Singing Revolution 30 years ago, and it will act similarly again in the face of the historical crisis, standing tall against the economic, social, health and emotional threats. This symbolic campaign will express our gratitude to our medical staff, officers, social workers, volunteers, supermarket staff, pharmacists, businesspeople and all the other heroes who helped provide security and key services’, said Giedrius Surplys, Head of the Public Information Group.

400 music groups have by now expressed their wish to participate in the campaign, and the list is not finite yet. It has been confirmed already that the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gintaras Rinkevičius, will give performance in Cathedral Square in Vilnius, the Brass Band of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra will cheer the audience outside the National Philharmonic, and the state choir Vilnius will perform at the foot of Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania. The National Opera and Ballet Theatre has also expressed its willingness to join the campaign, along with the Lithuanian State Wind Instrument Orchestra Trimitas, the orchestra of the Ministry of the Interior, and municipal cultural and other groups.

The outdoor 15-minute concerts will be held while taking due regard to the safety requirements. Lithuania continues to ease the current restrictions: as of 1 June, the number of participants allowed in outdoor public events will increase to the maximum of 300. However, all those wishing to express their gratitude and participate in the events are requested to keep the restrictions in mind and maintain a safe distance from each other.

Photo: D. Matvejev