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For the year of Vydūnas - conversations in radio broadcasts

Celebrating the 150 years anniversary of Vydūnas, from March 18 on the extra FM radio show "Lithuanian Hymn" with the initiative of actor Sigutis Jačėnas, will be the opportunity to listen to conversations intended to mark this year.   

This radio station will be broadcast in these radio waves: 88,5 MHz Vilnius / 89.3 MHz Utena / 91,3 MHz Ukmergė / 93,2 MHz Panevėžys / EUR 98.1 MHz Marijampolė / 98,5 MHz Šiauliai / 100,2 MHz Klaipėda / 105,4 MHz Kaunas and by the internet.). It is planned that the program will be repeated later in the LRT Classics program.

Each broadcast will have conversations from Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda. Egidijus Stancikas, the actor and head of the National Drama Theater of Kaunas, plans to talk to Aldona Ruseckaitė,the writer and the director of the Maironis Lithuanian Literature Museum, as well as with Juozas Šidiškis, Gediminas Jankas, Petras Venslovas and others.

Sigutė Augutiene, Arvydas Girdzijauskas and other interlocutors will be invited to the studio in Klaipėda. This project is partly financed by the Press, Radio and Television Support Fund and the partners - Vydūnas Association and Lithuanian National Culture Center.


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Mentioned Lithuania Minor day and handed in K.Donelaitis medals "Širdings brolau"

On November 30 in Vilnius, Lithuanian Writers Union club hall was organised the evening dedicated to the National Council of Lithuania Minor (Tilžė) act was signed 99-th anniversary.  At the beginning of the event head of Marijampolė K.Donelaitis Association  Vida Mickuvienė presented K.Donelaitis association chairman Gintaras Skamaročius, congratulated all the participants and provided the ability to speak to the historian, doctor Algirdas Matulevičius.

Known researcher of Lithuania Minor, Dr. A. Matulevičius discussed in detail all the circumstances in 1918 when was signed Tilžė act, expressing the Lithuania Minor accession to the large Lithuanian will. He has approached the historical context of the time, the signatories to this Act, spoke about the importance of this signed document for the Lithuania Minor and the Lithuania. The abundant audience were astonished by listening interesting gathered details by the Dr. A.Matulevičius his carefully prepared report, graphic examples, witnessing events of that time.


K.Donelaitis „The Seasons“ verse – in young Spanish poet poems

A talented young Spanish poet, that has been Kaunas university of technology Spanish language lecturer Joaquín Carmona Rodríguez, recently published a poem collection „Kaunas. Amber and nickel“(KAUNAS. ÁMBAR Y NÍQUEL). During these days, news have reached us, that the collection has been awarded by the international 2017 famous poet Juan Alcaide (1907-1951) poetry award. The interesting fact is, that every award laureate collection poem starts with Kristijonas Donelaitis The Seasons“(„Las estaciones del año“) verse translation to Spanish.

K.Donelaitis „The Seasons“ translator to Spanish language is Vilnius university, foreign languages institute associate professor, that lives in Lithuania, Carmen Caro Dugo, who translated Antanas Baranauskas “The Forest of Anykščiai” to Spanish this year, shares these news and says, that she very happy to see K. Donelatis still existing in another publication and that he talks to the young poetry readers.

We asked the honorary associate professor to contact with the author of this collection and to inquire on how this idea came to him to use K.Donelaitis “The Seasons” verses in his poetry, that were translated to Spanish by her. We got a reply, that at the start of his poetry collection, he wrote an explanation, which when translated to Lithuanian language by the associate professor sounds like this:

“I wrote these poems between 2016 September and 2017 May, when I was working as a Spanish language lecturer in Kaunas university of technology. All poem names are real verses from K.Donelaitis “The Seasons” due to Carmen Caro Dugo translation. It is one of the most famous and the most expanded Lithuanian literature creations, it is said that it is written between 1765 and 1775. 


Citizens of Marijampolė - on Donelaitis route

That is how we can call Marijampolės Kristijono Donelaičio association aim, to organise a more meaningful event at least once in a year, dedicated for the city society, project (financed by Marijampolė municipality administration) partners and guests. That is why on April 28th, Friday, in Marijampolė municipality council hall in an international conference „Readings: for Minor Lithuania and Kristijonas Donelaitis“ a numerous crowd of Marijampolė citizens and guests have gathered. Scientists Daiva and Sigitas Narbutai from Vilnius, lecturers from Kaunas, Druskininkai, two delegations from Kaliningrad region: Įsrutis (Chernyachovsk) pedagogical institute students and lecturers, also Stalupėnai (Nesterov) culture, education employees. All association events purpose – to continue the educational mission, spread the news about Lithuanian literature initiator K. Donelaitis works, about Minor Lithuania meaning for the major Lithuania culture, education and art.

The event started with memorial worship in the evangelical Lutheran church, which were held by a bishop Mindaugas Sabutis, the priests Darius Petkūnas and Marijampolė citizen Vaidas Klesevičius have helped. Although it rained abundantly, a memorial of the poet has been honoured near the monument. 


Donelaitis years echo

For  few years Santariškės kids hospital in Vilnius  park, about ten  Vilnija region folk artists rolled oaks, carved various sculptures, adorned the environment. On 2014 – K.Donelaitis jubilee years, the surgeon of  this hospital Vidmantas Kviklys, talently hammered almost three metres tall Kristijonas Donelaitis sculpture with his chisel.

It is a pitty, but in the autumn of this year, when wind scattered the aging leaves of the park, a talented sixty eight year old child saver, doctor, folk artist V.Kviklys went out to the Eternity. Sculpture plein air organizer Antanas Stackevičius, while looking at this sculpture and being sorry for the loss of his author, says: „In accordance with Jurgis and the hat – the man was like a masonry“....


Romualdas Šimkūnas

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