Days of Lithuania

(9-15.12.13) During the last plenary session of the European Parliament in 2013, the APE organised the “Days of Lithuania” to celebrate the history and culture of the country holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the second half of the year.

As usual, the Days were opened by an exhibition, this time about the Lithuanian language, one of the oldest European languages which is still used until today: “Understanding Lithuania(n): Ancient Language for Modern Communication”.

On Tuesday 10 December 2013, a Lithuanian-Polish quartet gave an exceptional concert in dedication to the Lithuanian-Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz with excerpts of Lithuanian music of contemporary composers who were inspired by Milosz.

On the next day, the Lithuanian MEP and political theorist Leonidas Donskis introduced a publication together with his co-author Samuel Abraham concerning the topic “I remember, therefore I am: Milan Kundera and the idea of Central Europe” and lead a discussion about the content in the Villa Schutzenberger.

In summary, the “Days of Lithuania” were yet another chance to learn more about other European countries, their heritage and political responsibility.