President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite and Minister of Culture Remigijus Vilkaitis saw the earspeakers on the opening day of the Fair. Prime Minister of Lithuania Andrius Kubilius also listened to Malopolska sounds (including those of the bugle call, a pasture with sheep and a Klezmer band) at the stand of the Polish Institute.
The presentation of the exhibition at the Fair in Vilnius took place at the invitation of the Polish Institute, which promoted not only Polish literature but also the unique character of Poland’s regions during the event in the Litexpo Exhibition Centre.
The Book Fair in Vilnius is the biggest such event in the Baltic states and it attracts throngs of visitors. This year the guests had the opportunity to see the offer of 240 exhibitors from 12 countries. The Fair, whose motto was ‘Number of copies – three million’, was accompanied by 200 cultural events and 12 exhibitions. 32 foreign writers were the organisers’ guests.
Earspeakers will remain in Lithuania till the end of March 2010, and in April they will play in Kowno together with Chopin’s ear – a sculpture which plays selected works by the composer. After that they will travel to Tallin, Bratislava, Budapest and Pecs as part of the 'Chopin’s Ear’ project whose aim is to promote the celebrations of the Chopin Year abroad.
Photo by Džoja Gunda Barysaite
Above (from the left): Minister of Culture Remigijus Vilkaitis, President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, Director of the Polish Institute in Vilnius Małgorzata Kasner, Senior Consellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the Republic of Lithuania Andrzej Kupiec
Below: Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania Andrius Kubilius, Director of the Polish Institute in Vilnius Małgorzata Kasner