Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Lithuanian Dance Festival Performance

Imagine taking all the marching bands in Texas, getting them together at the Cotton Bowl and then putting them in some sort of traditional dress. Instead of performing marching numbers, each band does a giant polka or sure dance. Now imagine it's all in Lithuanian.

Welcome to a the day of dance at the Lithuanian Song Festival - "Šokių Diena" at "Dainų Šventė." It's been a tradition for decades and is currently held every four years. Luckily, we were here to see it!

Here comes one group, ready with long banners.

The men, dancing furiously in curved lines.

Time for interpretive textiles.

The big finale, all groups on the field at once. Impressive!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Green Bridge, Vilnius

A remnant from the Soviet era can be found spanning the Neris river - the Green Bridge. Originally built in 1536, the bridge got its name from the color it was painted. The current bridge dates from 1952 and features four sets of large "social realist" sculptures.

The bridge.

The sculptures represent Soviet idealizations of perfect citizens of society. Here are students, Youth of Education.

Agriculture and Guarding Peace.
Industry and Construction.