On Saturday, President Gitanas Nausėda attended the opening ceremony of “Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022” and called for Kaunas to be celebrated as a city that enriches Europe.
The President emphasized that Lithuanian roots as well as European openness and respect for the dignity of a person had harmoniously shaped Kaunas and created its special aura over the centuries.
“Today Kaunas is a city of unique modernist architecture, universities, business and sports, and, most importantly, a city of dignified, free and creative people,” said the President, adding that Kaunas was the birthplace and home of many prominent personalities such as scientists Marija Gimbutienė, Hermann and Oskar Minkowski, philosopher Stasys Šalkauskis, artists Arbit Blatas and Jurgis Mačiūnas, athletes Arvydas Sabonis, Šarūnas Jasikevičius and Rūta Meilutytė, as well as Romas Kalanta, who sacrificed his young life for freedom 50 years ago.
According to the President, the secret of the uniqueness and success of Kaunas lies in its brave and energetic people. The never-ending transformation of Kaunas reveals, creates and enriches Europe in Kaunas, as it enriches Kaunas in Europe.
“The phrase ‘Kaunas is Kaunas’ is widely known in Lithuania. Today I would like to say it in a slightly different way: ‘Kaunas is Culture!’”, said the President, wishing everyone a creative year.
At the invitation of the President, UNESCO’s Director-General Audrey Azoulay came to Kaunas on the occasion of the opening of the European Capital of Culture. The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, sent video greetings. The opening events were also attended by the Speaker of the Seimas, Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, and Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė as well as by ministers, foreign ambassadors and other distinguished guests.
Last updated 2022.01.24 19:27Back