100 days left till the opening of Mega event “EXPO 2020”, which starts on the 1st of October, the installation of exposition equipment in the Lithuanian pavilion is soon to be completed. The last highlights of the business, science and cultural events are also being laid out.
The central exhibition space of the pavilion will be decorated with an expressive installation – “Kinetic Innovation Tree”. The motifs of traditional Lithuanian bands intertwine with innovative technological solutions. Mobile elements, the so-called “podium of success”, will showcase technologies and solutions developed in Lithuania together with other countries to protect the environment and change the world – the achievements of life sciences, lasers, renewable energy, and the circular economy.
“Visitors to this space will be accompanied by informative and playful clear glass screens (windows) adapted for the exposition. Their content has been prepared in accordance with the recently approved strategy of Lithuania’s delivery to the world. Through them, visitors will be invited to visit our country at any time, especially when we celebrate an important date, such as 2022, when Kaunas will be the European Capital of Culture, or 2023, when Vilnius will celebrate its 700th anniversary,” says Romas Jankauskas, General Commissioner of the Lithuanian Exposition and Head of the EXPO Division of the Ministry of Environment.
The culmination of the events program is foreseen to be the Lithuanian National Day, which will be celebrated on 22nd of October. The cultural program of that day is prepared by Vilnius City Opera. The Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra (conductor Gintaras Rinkevičius), opera soloists Vida Miknevičiūtė, Almas Švilpa, Ieva Prudnikovaitė together with young talents Lina Dambrauskaitė, Romanas Kudriašovas and Edgars Dovidovičius will perform in the venues of “EXPO 2020”. They will be complemented by electronic music performers. The Gala concert, directed by Dalia Ibelhauptaitė, will be performed in the Jubilee park, where up to seven thousand spectators will be allowed.
There will be no shortage of various events throughout the six months of the exhibition. Their marathon will start with a week dedicated to climate change and biodiversity, with forums on space technology, urban development, education, health, tourism and agriculture. Exhibitions of sustainable design and photography and documentary film week will take place in the multifunctional space of the Lithuanian pavilion. In December, a group of Lithuanian Junior Achievement award-winning students will visit the “EXPO 2020”. Events accompanied by our country’s performers are planned to be held on the occasion of 16th of February and 11th of March.
There will be a restaurant presenting traditional Lithuanian kitchen, a souvenir shop and a team of twelve guides working in the pavilion.
The Ministry of Environment, which is responsible for Lithuania’s participation in the world class event in Dubai, has a successful experience of seven world EXPO exhibitions. Preparation for EXPO in Dubai took three years. Due to the pandemic, “EXPO 2020” was postponed for a year, last year by the decision of all participating countries. Although it will actually take place in 2021-2022, it will continue to be called “EXPO 2020”.