Social Programme

Dear Participants,

All delegates are invited to join Welcome reception and Gala dinner. It will be a good opportunity to meet your colleagues and enjoy a glass of wine accompanied by nice music and pleasant conversations.

WELCOME RECEPTION (14 June)

Venue: Town Hall (Didzioji st. 31)

  

In 1387, Lithuania became a Christian state and Vilnius was granted Magdeburg rights. Thus, there appeared a need for headquarters for the city authorities. As the main square of the city was located here, it was decided to build the Town Hall in the same place. The building housed the magistrate (in other words, the city councillors) as well as court rooms, the treasury, archives, an arms and ammunition warehouse, and rooms for preserving standards of measurement. A prison was established in the basement.
The Town Hall building was Gothic to begin with and changed with time. The Town Hall was reconstructed for the last time by the architect Laurynas Stuoka-Gucevičius at the end of the 18th century. During that reconstruction, the Town Hall turned into a Classical building. In the 19th century, the Town Hall was transformed into a city theatre where a famous personality – Polish composer Stanisław Moniuszko – conducted the premier of his opera. Among all the Polish composers, only Frederic Chopin could be considered more prominent than Moniuszko.
In the 20th century, an art museum was housed in the Town Hall. Today Vilnius Town Hall is a representative building. Many different events are organised at the Town Hall during a year: concerts, literary evenings, presentations of books, exhibitions and festivals. The pediment of the Town Hall is adorned with the coat-of-arms of the city of Vilnius – St Christopher carrying baby Jesus on his shoulders.

TOUR TO ANYKSCIAI (17 June)

Anykščiai land with its unique nature, beautiful vicinities, attractive museums is enticing tourists from both Lithuania and abroad.  In the summer of 2007 Anykščiai was granted the status of a resort territory.

 

GALA DINNER (17 June)

Venue: Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania (Katedros Sq.4)


The reconstructed Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, the former political, diplomatic, cultural center of the State, was one of the most famous in Europe in the 15th-17th centures and was demolished in the beginning of the 19th century. This Palace is excellent located just in the heart of Vilnius, within the confines of Lower Castle. Nowadays the Gothic, Renaissance and Early Baroque halls of this multifunctional Museum are ideally applicable to organize a different size and content public events, official visits, conferences, meetings, seminars, concerts, performances, receptions and other.
Part of the reconstructed Palace of the Grand Dukes in Vilnius Lower Castle officially transferred to the Museum. In the reconstructed Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania there are 4 exhibition tour routes directly related to the historical functions of this residence. The first tour will show the historical and architectural develop ment of the palace by highlighting the ancient ruins still in place, excavated artifacts and by using models and iconographic materials. The second tour route will bring the visitors into the ceremonial halls, which have been reconstructed in such a way as to show the evolution of architectural styles – from the late Gothic to the Renaissance to the early Baroque.
The third tour route will introduce arms, everyday life and music of the Palace. This route consists of three expositions and an event hall. Here you will find the fortifications of the castle and palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and the collection of arms. Everyday life exposition reveals the living of the residents and the music culture at the Grand Duke Palace.
The fourth tour route in the museum’s modern national and international exhibition center is dedicated for significant national and international exhibitions.