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Millennium celebrations of July 6

Friday, July 3, Vilnius - July 6, Monday, will see a number of events dedicated to the Millennium of the Name of Lithuania. Their Majesties Queen Margaret II of the Kingdom of Denmark, King Harald V of Norway, and King Carl Gustaf XVI and Queen Silvia of Sweden plan to visit Lithuania on this occasion. The celebrations are also to be attended by President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson of Iceland, President Valdis Zatleras of Latvia, President Lech Kaczyński of Poland, President Viktor Yushchenko of Ukraine, President Tarja Halonen of Finland, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Legate of Pope Benedict XVI and Dean of the College of Cardinals, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip of Estonia, and Russia's Minister of Culture Alexander Avdeyev. Also, President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia, Minister of Defence Franz Josef Jung of Germany, and Minister of Culture Pavel Latushko of Belarus confirmed their coming for the celebrations.
 

The celebrations of the Millennium will start with the Flag Hoisting Ceremony on the Daukanto Square and the address by the President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus, after which the honourable quests will attend Holy Mass at the Vilnius Cathedral.

 

The Holy Mass on the Cathedral Square will be followed by the ceremony of a symbolic opening of the Palace of Rulers of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the greeting and seeing-off of the participants of the Millennium Song Festival "Song of the Centuries". In the courtyard of the Palace of Rulers, Lithuanian and foreign leaders will be greeted by the State Choir of Kaunas under leadership of Professor Petras Bingelis.

 

Later, the venue of celebrations will move to the Museum of Applied Arts where the honourable guests will inspect Millennium exhibitions "Lithuania in Ancient Historical Sources", "Wawel in Vilnius. From the Jagiellonian Dynasty to the end of the Republic, and "The Art of Balts", and will attend lunch to be hosted by President Adamkus.

 

President of Lithuania will participate in the ceremony of unveiling the sculpture "The Tree of Unity" in the Vingio Park. In the afternoon, Lithuanian and foreign heads of states will watch "The Song of the Centuries" concert in the Vingio Park. After the concert, the President of Lithuania will host a gala reception in the courtyard of the Presidential Palace, dedicated to the Millennium of the First Mention of the Name of Lithuanian in Written Records and the Lithuanian State Day (King Mindaugas Coronation Day).

 

Those who are denied access to the venues of the events due to crowding will have the possibility to watch the events broadcasted live on the screen to be installed on the TEOBUS in the Cathedral Square.


Below is the programme of July 6 events:

 

10:45-11:30 Arrival of Honorable Guests and Monarchs at the Presidential Palace
Venue: S. Daukanto Square 3

 

12:00 Flag Hoisting Ceremony, speech by President Valdas Adamkus, welcome address by Cardinal Sodano and President Grímsson of Iceland
Venue: S. Daukanto Square, in front of the Presidential Palace

 

12:30 Holy Mass at Vilnius Cathedral
Venue: Cathedral Square 1

 

13:30 Unveiling of the Monument to the Millennium of Lithuania, the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, and Historical Flag Raising Ceremony. Honorable Guests greet and see-off the participants of the Millennium Song Festival of Lithuania to the Vingio park. Planned addresses by Presidents of Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine
Venue: Cathedral Square 3

 

14:05 Departure to the Museum of Applied Arts Visit to exhibitions "Lithuania in Ancient Historical Sources", "Wawel in Vilnius. From the Jagiellonian Dynasty to the End of the Republic, and "The Art of Balts"
Arsenalo g. 3

 

14:30 Lunch hosted by President Valdas Adamkus at the Museum of Applied Arts
Venue: Arsenalo g. 3

 

16:15 President of Lithuania attends the ceremony of unveiling the sculpture "The Tree of Unity"
Venue: Vingio Park

 

17:00 The Millennium Song Festival of Lithuania Congratulatory addresses by the Presidents of Lithuania, Finland, and Latvia, and Prime Minister of Estonia

Venue: Vingio Park

 

20:00 Gala Reception hosted by the President of the Republic of Lithuania. Welcome addresses by President Adamkus and King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden
Venue: Courtyard of the Presidential Palace


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