Local Lithuanians Celebrate Independence Day Centennial at CSU

Sat 2/17 @2PM

This year, Lithuanians around the world and in northeast Ohio celebrate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the modern state of Lithuania on what it considers its “Independence Day,” February 16.

Of course, it’s a lot more complicated than that, as things are in that part of the world with its constantly changing conquests and boundary shifts. Lithuania was conquered by Nazi Germany and then the Soviets in World War II; following the war it became a Soviet republic until, on March 11, 1990 with the dissolution of the Soviet Union it became independent once again.

In any case, the Centennial provides a reason for Lithuanians to celebrate their unique history and culture and their country’s place in the modern world.

Northeast Ohio Lithuanians will be celebrating at Cleveland State University’s Main Classroom Auditorium with an afternoon of music and dance feturing 200 performers including Cleveland choir Exultate and Svyturys folk dancers, Toronto’s Volunge choir and folk dancers Gintaras, and the Balsas choir from Montreal. The program is sponsored by Lithuanian American Community of Cleveland and CSU Center For International Services and Programs.

Admission is $25.00 for adults; $10:00 for youth.

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