On 3 December in Frankfurt am Main, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius congratulated Jonas Mekas, who was awarded the B3 BEN Biennale award for his lifetime contribution to cinema and video art.
The 7th annual Litvak Days took place on 29-30 November in London. The series of events present the Lithuanian Jewish cultural heritage. This year, the Litvak Days were dedicated to celebrating and exploring the many artistic talents and contributions of Litvaks to world art.
On 20 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithaunia Linas Linkevičius received the world renowned painter Samuel Bak and his wife, Heidy Josee Bak. Bak currently paints and lives outside of Boston in Weston, Massachusetts. He is visiting Lithuania on the occasion of the opening of his museum. The painter, who has survived the Holocaust, donated over 50 valuable paintings to Lithuania. He was born in Vilnius in 1933.
On 4 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, who is visiting Israel, congratulated participants of the international conference “How to Present the Great Vilna Synagogue Site?“
On 14 June in Odessa, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, the head of the Odessa Regional State Administration Maxim Stepanov and the Mayor of Odessa Gennadiy Trukhanov opened Lithuanian Days. The event will take place over the weekend.
On 17 May, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania held a solemn event in memory of Prof. Leonidas Donskis and celebrated his contribution to the spread of European values. One of the halls at the Foreign Ministry was named the ‘Europe Hall’ to remind our future generations about the values Prof. Donskis cherished.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania in cooperation with the Union of Lithuanian Art Photographers and “JCDecaux Lithuania” has announced a photography contest “My Photos of Africa”. This contest is one of the events dedicated to mark the UN’s International Decade for People of African Descent (2015–2024) and the Africa Day celebration on 25 May.