Sydney Lithuanian Folk Groups Sūkurys and Atspindys
Perform at Central Coast Oktoberfest
On the weekend of 29 - 30 October 2011 an Oktoberfest was held on the Central Coast, at the Mt. Penang Parklands at Kariong, an hours drive north from Sydney. The Sydney Lithuanian folk dancing group Sūkurys and the folk singing group Atspindys were invited to perform at the Oktoberfest. They performed in two time slots on the Sunday, October 30. For awhile it looked like inclement weather might spoil the festivities, but in the end everything turned out fine.
Sūkurys dancers whirl
Sydney Celebrates Lithuanias National Day
Lithuanias National Day on July 6 commemorates the anniversary of the coronation of Lithuanias King Mindaugas in 1253. A sizable gathering of Australian Lithuanians in Sydney celebrated
the occasion with an interesting programme on Sunday, July 10, 2011, at the Sydney Lithuanian Club in Bankstown.
The MC for the event was Jadvyga Burokienė, who began the afternoons programme by inviting those gathered to sing the Australian National Anthem, after which there followed a brief welcome by the President of the Australian Lithuanian Community of Sydney, Dr. Ramutis Zakarevičius. In attendance was Ms. Ginta Viliūnas, the newly-appointed Lithuanias Honorary Consul for NSW and Queensland, who also made a brief address.
Group photo of the performers and those present. Photo courtesy Povilas Eimaitis
The keynote speaker for the occasion was Povilas Eimaitis, the Executive Producer of the SBS Lithuanian Radio Programme, who delivered a well chosen address for the occasion. In the concert part of the programme, the audience enjoyed hearing the folk song group Atspindys, seeing the folk dancers Sūkurys and were uplifted by the poems of Lithuanias beloved poet Justinas Marcinkevičius, recited by Janina Ratkevičienė. The Lithuanian National Anthem concluded the programme and all those present then gathered for a group photo.
The afternoon provided a memorable occasion for a friendly get-together for Sydneys Lithuanians. Many stayed on at the Club after the programme to enjoy the rest of afternoon catching up with friends.
A New Book by Nijolė Jankutė
The most recent book by the noted Australian Lithuanian author Nijolė Jankutė - Užubalienė was presented to Sydney readers by Friends of the Lithuanian Library at the Sydney Lithuanian Club
on May 15th. The book Pašnekesiai su kukabura (Conversations with a kookaburra) has been just published in Lithuania and deals with the authors impressions of Australia, since settling in
Sydney in 2005.
Author Nijolė Jankutė-Užubalienė
introduces her book during the book launch
Nijolė Jankutės book
Conversations with a kookaburra
Nijolė Jankutės book presentation in Sydney was organised by Danutė Skorulienė. It began with an introduction of the author by Jadvyga Burokienė and followed with a foreword by the author herself. A number of extracts from the book were then read by Aida Zastarskytė-Abromienė, Irena Dudaitienė, Greta Savickaitė-Fletcher and Milda Karpavičienė, with piano interludes by Ramutis Zakarevičius. The afternoons programme was received by an appreciative audience. The book had already been well received in Lithuania and America and now Sydney Lithuanians had the opportunity to appreciate the authors impressions of their city, as well as other interesting places in Australia.
Further information: Mūsų Pastogė 25/05/11
Sydneys Australian Lithuanians Come Together
to Celebrate Lithuanias Independence Day
On Sunday February 20, 2011, Australian Lithuanians in Sydney commemorated two significant days in Lithuanias history. They were the 93rd anniversary of the Lithuanias Declaration of
Independence on February 16th, 1918, and the 21st anniversary of the reestablishment of Lithuanias independence from Soviet rule on March 11th, 1990. The days festivities began with
Mass at St. Joachims in Lidcombe, celebrated by Fr. Jonas Stankevičius, and then continued at the Sydney Lithuanian Club in Bankstown, where the all-day celebration drew one of the largest
gatherings in recent years of Sydney Lithuanians and their Australian friends, to celebrate Lithuanias freedom and to express pride in its achievements.
Sūkurys folk dancers
All were invited! The placard was drawn by Fiona Katauskas
In the formal part of the celebration, the president of the Australian Lithuanian Community of Sydney, Dr. R.A. Zakarevičius, welcomed those gathered and thanked everyone who contributed to the days success. In the concert that followed the audience saw and heard the folk song group Atspindys, children from the Sydney Lithuanian weekend school, the folk dance group Sūkurys , young contemporary dancer Denika Veigel, the choir Daina and videos by the Sydney Lithuanian scouts. After a short break young newly arrived Lithuanians put on a short show, which was very well received.
The day was a huge success, with participation from most of Sydney Lithuanian community organisations. It provided an opportunity for Australian Lithuanians in Sydney to meet up and spend a pleasant day in a festive environment. People lingered on after the formal activities and many stayed on until the early evening. A great day was had by all!
A Fun Day at Bondi Beach for Newly Arrived Lithuanians
On Saturday January 29 2011, young Lithuanians recently arrived in Sydney, got together at Bondi Beach for a picnic organised by
Greta Savickaitė Fletcher, member of the Sydney Australian Lithuanian Community Committee.
The beautiful sunny Sydney day was ideal for the beach, to meet up with friends, make new acquaintances, get information and learn how to participate in the Lithuanian Community.
Recently arrived young Lithuanians enjoy a picnic at Bondi Beach
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Young Lithuanians Gather for a Picnic
Last Sunday, January 10, 2010, was a good occasion for young Lithuanians, recently arrived in Sydney, to get together at Coogee Beach for a picnic and to celebrate the birthday of
Greta Savickaitė Fletcher, President of the Sydney Australian Lithuanian Community.
A beautiful sunny Sydney was ideal for a day at the beach and to meet up with friends. Great fun was had by all and especially by Greta on her birthday.
Recently arrived young Lithuanians enjoy a picnic at Coogee Beach
A happy Greta on her birthday at Coogee Beach
Melbourne Cup Lunch at the Sydney Lithuanian Club
On Melbourne Cup day November 3, 2009, the Sydney Lithuanian Club organised a traditional Melbourne Cup lunch with all the trimmings for the race that stops the nation.
The tradition of demonstrating beautiful hats gave the ladies a chance to show off their millinery best. Great fun was had by all and some even won some money!
Photos - courtesy Mūsų Pastogė
It was ladies day at the Melbourne Cup lunch
Club manger Suzanne Fairhall (left) and artist Leeka Gruzdeff show off their hats
Irena Kaledienė (left) and Ele Kains also proud of their hats
Sydney Lithuanian Scouts at Camp Kariong and in Lithuania
April, July 2008
April 2008 camp "Nyeri" at Kariong scout grounds
In the national scouts camp Legenda Tęsiasi (The legend continues) in Lithuania
Lithuanian Wedding Traditions Recreated in Performance
May 25, 2008
The Sydney Lithuanian choir "Daina", together with the folk dancing group "Sukūrys" and the singing group "Atspindys",
demonstrated Lithuanian wedding traditions through song and dance at a concert at the Polish Club in Bankstown on May 25,
2008. The very successful afternoon drew a large audience of Sydney Lithuanians and left them with memories of times past
and old customs.
Photos - courtesy "Mūsų Pastogė". Further information: "Mūsų Pastogė" 11/6/08
"Seku, seku pasaką" Introduced the Wonderful World of Lithuanian Stories, Legends and Sayings
March 9, 2008
The Friends of Lithuanian Club Library groups literary afternoon last Sunday, March 9 2008, presented "Seku, seku
pasaką" ("I tell, tell a fairy tale"), a series of readings which unveiled the richness of Lithuanian folklore in its
many facets. The programme was moderated by Nijolė Jankutė - Užubalienė and organised by Dana Skorulienė.
Nijolė Jankutė introduced the afternoon
A Successful Start to the Sydney Lithuanian Saturday School
February 23, 2008
Saturday Lithuanian classes for children kicked off to a very successful start on 23rd of February 2008 at the
Lithuanian Club "Dainava", 16-20 Meredith Street, Bankstown. They will run every week on Saturdays at 11 am. The teacher
is Jadvyga Dambrauskienė.
For further information please contact: Jadvyga Dambrauskienė Tel: (02) 9709-3814 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Children with parents at the start of Weekend School. The teacher Jadvyga Dambrauskienė is in the centre of the photgraph.
Sydney Lithuanian Scouts "Mini-Vykla" at Camp Coutts
January 18-20, 2008
Sydney Lithuanian Scouts recently had short duration camp, which they imaginatively called a "Mini-Vykla", at Camp
Coutts, near Engadine on the outskirts of Sydney, January 18 - 20, 2008. They learned new scouting skills and had great
fun doing the things that scouts do.
Making Lithuanian crosses
Photos courtesy "Mūsų Pastogė"
Lithuanian Visitors Meet Locals at "Dainava" Lithuanian Club
The Lithuanian Co-operative "Talka" president Mr. Audrius Balbata, together with his wife Regina, came from Melbourne to
attend the Sydney "Talka" AGM, which was organised by the Sydney branch manager Ele Kains. This was held at the "Dainava"
Lithuanian Club, Bankstown, on the afternoon of December 9, 2007.
Lithuanian born Linas Jakučionis from Wellington, New Zealand, flew in to meet up with some newly arrived young Lithuanians, now living in Sydney. Linas formerly lived for 7 years in Ireland, where he instigated the now incorporated Irish Lithuanian Community. Coincidentally, the New Zealand Lithuanian Society in Auckland signed the application to incorporate over a "cepelinai" lunch the same day (9/12/07). Their new website www.lithuanians.org.nz is available in Lithuanian and English languages.
Conversation, shared ideas, Lithuanian dishes and "Švyturys" beer added up to a stimulating fun afternoon at "Dainava" Club in Sydney.
Standing (L-R) - Linas Jakučionis, Ramona Ratas-Zakarevičienė, Audrius Balbata, Regina Balbatienė,
Greta Savickaitė-Fletcher, Darius Bačiulis. Sitting - Egle Juškevičiūtė, Mindaugas Kairys
Picnic Cements Friendships for Newly Arrived Young Lithuanians
Newly Arrived Young Lithuanians are finding out that a picnic is an excellent way to meet up with friends, make new ones
and have a relaxing time. The newly arrived young Lithuanians group in Sydney, organised by Greta Savickaitė - Fletcher,
again met up with their young families, this time at a picnic at Bankstown Ruse Park on November 10, 2007. A glorious
Saturday afternoon meant that a very pleasant time was had by all, including the many pre-school children.
Newly arrived Lithuanians at Bankstown Ruse Park
Newly Arrived Young Lithuanians Form a Group in Sydney
Young Lithuanians, mostly students, who have recently arrived in Sydney from Lithuania, have come together to share
their experiences and to get to know each other better. Their newly formed group has already held very successful and
enjoyable picnics on the last two weekends: on Saturday, February 17, at The Entrance, 100km north of Sydney, and on
Saturday, February 24, at Balmoral Beach in Sydney. The group, ably led by Greta Savickaitė-Fletcher, plans to hold
regular functions, especially for young people, which would include picnics, evening get-togethers at the Sydney
Lithuanian Club, and other events.
For further information: Greta, mob: 0401 442 325, Email: email@example.com, Skype Id: GretaFletch
Meeting up at The Entrance, with the channel in the background
Lithuanian Scouts regional camp at Anglesea
January 2-10, 2007
Australian Lithuanian Scouts at the regional camp at Anglesea, Victoria (near Geelong), January 2-10, 2007