Lithuanians in the Community
10th January 2009
|Sydney hosts the XXV Australian Lithuanian Days|
Sports teams line up during the Opening Ceremony
Messages of support were received from the President of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus, Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd, Premier of NSW Nathan Rees, Member for Bankstown Tony Stewart, Lithuanias Ambassador to Australia Dainius Kamaitis and Lithuanias Honorary Consul General in Australia Andrius Žilinskas. Attending the opening ceremony were Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, representing the leader of the Opposition Malcolm Turnbull, and Kayee Griffin MLC, representing the Premier of NSW, and who opened the Festival.
Kristina Gudžiūnaitė dances during the Opening Ceremony
Lina Puodžiukaitė dances during
the Opening Ceremony, a work
choreographed by Birutė Letukaitė of Aura
Two events deserve special mention. By general acclaim the FLB Ballet Live afternoon was the most outstanding performance during the ALD. It was also a jubilee event - for the 10th anniversary of the foundation of FLB. During the very innovative professional level Ballet Live performance, for the first time in Australia, stars of Lithuanian ballet and contemporary dance performed live on stage. Kristina Gudžiūnaitė and Voicech Žuromskas from Lithuanian National M.K. Čiurlionis School of Arts, Ballet Division, and Lina Puodžiukaitė from the contemporary dance company Aura in Kaunas impressed the audience with their artistry. Also to be mentioned are the Saduto Lithuanian folk dance group from London, the famous Sutaras folk musicians from Lithuania, as well as the Australian contemporary dancers Kathryn Hailey and John Pickup, in a work choreographed for Aura by Australian choreographer Karen Kerkhoven.
The other event for special mention was the arrival in Sydney of the Millennium Odyssey yacht Ambersail on New Years Eve, which gave Sydney the honour to be the first in world to start off Lithuanias 1000 year jubilee celebrations (Please see the companion news item).
Further information on this website:
- News 11/01/09 Australian Lithuanians in Sydney Lead the World in Commencing Lithuanias Millennium Celebrations
- News 14/12/08 Artistic Exchange Cements Links between Lithuanian and Australian Ballet Worlds