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101 years of Restoration of the State of Lithuania was celebrated in Budapest
The Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Budapest organized a concert and diplomatic reception for the Restoration of the State Day, February 16th.
On February 20th at the Budapest Music Center, the Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania, H.E. Mrs Rasa Kairienė welcomed guests: representatives from the Hungarian government, culture, business, art and science sectors, the Hungarian diplomatic corps, NGO’s and IGO’s, and the Lithuanian community in Hungary.
On the occasion of the 101 years anniversary of the Restoration of the Lithuanian state, Her Excellency also noted the 15th anniversary of Lithuania being a member state of the EU and NATO, as well as becoming a fully-fledged member of the OECD. While reviewing the dynamics of bilateral relations between Lithuania and Hungary, she welcomed visits and events that took place in 2018 and ongoing common projects, including those in the Western Balkans.
While addressing the representatives of the Lithuanian Community in Hungary, the Ambassador noted that Lithuanian history and language shall not be forgotten, and called Lithuanians to be active citizens and to participate in the 2019 Lithuanian Presidential elections and in the mandatory referendum on dual citizenship.
The Lithuanian and Hungarian national anthems and the program dedicated to the anniversary of Lithuania were performed by a young talented ensemble called “Trio Agora”. The ensemble consists of clarinettist Žilvinas Brazauskas, cellist Natania Hoffman and pianist Robertas Lozinskis. This colourful program included works by Lithuanian, American and Hungarian composers.
During the diplomatic reception, guests had an opportunity to taste Lithuanian tree cake (šakotis), Lithuanian sweets made by Lithuanian confectionary company “Rūta” and hard cheese “Džiugas“ already well-known in Hungary. Guests also had an opportunity to take a look at the compilation of video clips presenting Lithuanian culture, cuisine, various businesses and tourism.