LIW Magazine Sports News Update: Win Some, Lose Some

The Athens Olympics yet again brought a clutch of surprises

Marius Grinbergas

The 28th Olympic Games, which returned to its homeland in Greece, changed the face of sports in Lithuania, a report by Lithuanian News in English.
Until this year, independent Lithuania did not have a twice-over Olympic champion. After Athens, it now has one in the discus thrower Virgilijus Alekna. If you’d like to try out betting on the Olympics or playing Olympic themed you might first want to grab the no deposit bonus offers from to enable you to play your first few games for no cost at all, but you will still have the ability to win some real money in this process which is simply outstanding.

The country also previously did not have any …

LIW Magazine Sports Update: A Race on Ice

Lithuanian News in English Presents : An annual horse race celebrates its 101st year

Rytis Darađkevičius

Once a year, life heats up in Dusetos, a small town in northeast countryside of Lithuania. People from all over the country come to watch the horse races on the ice of Lake Sartai. Craftsmen sell their work, and a large crowd gathers on the shore.

For the horses and their drivers, this is a competition in which horses that have been trained for a whole year are tried out.

For the thousands of spectators, it is a show, a spectacle brimming with emotion and energy. People bet on their favorite horse, music plays, the horses snort, and the voice of the excited announcer can be heard everywhere. Races follow one after another, …

LIW Magazine Report: Vilnius Celebrates The Lithuanian Culture


The city is ready to welcome more than 15000 artists of all ages to pay homage to its traditions with the Lithuanian Song Celebration

Lithuania in The World


The list of intangible cultural heritage of Unesco is engaged, since 2003, the Lithuanian Song Celebration: this is the ultimate expression of the culture and traditions of Lithuania, which since 1924 takes place every four years. Each edition attracts musicians, singers, dancers, artisans, and artists, professional or not, of all ages, including 1,000 from 12 foreign countries. During these Olympics of the culture of Lithuania, the public can attend exciting performances of traditional music and dance and discover the customs of the different ethnographic regions of Lithuania, from the kitchen to the local crafts.

After the opening concert at the …

For Money, and His Life – LIW Magazine History and Culture

Friend or foe, fact or fiction, the story of Tadas Blinda continues to capture the popular imaginationEveryone knows about Robin Hood. Several generations of Europeans have been brought up on the story of this noble bandit, as told in books, films, and cartoons.

But few have ever heard the name of Tadas Blinda, and the story of this mysterious figure has gripped the imagination of Lithuanians for more than a century. Blinda could be called the Robin Hood of Lithuania, and the legend of this half-historical, half-mythical hero remains to this day a prominent feature of the country’s culture.

Here is a summary of the important key points by LIW Magazine:



The real story of Blinda is shrouded in mystery, with only a few documents attesting to the

LIW Magazine Interview

Time does not Stop A historian of Yiddish culture has his work cut out

Tassos Coulaloglou

The conversation on one of Vilnius’s busiest streets would have been common enough 60 years ago. Two men are sitting over coffee, and discussing old times in Yiddish.


Before the Second World War and the Holocaust, it was hard to walk ten steps in Vilnius without hearing Yiddish. Back then, the city was roughly half Jewish, and one of the most vibrant centers in the world for Yiddish and Jewish scholarship.


But today, with so few Yiddish speakers left alive, the discussion is being recorded for posterity.


It is for this reason that Dovid Katz, a renowned professor of Yiddish, moved to Lithuania permanently in 1998. His mission is

The Roads to Independence – LIW History Archive

From The Lithuania News Today History Archive: Maintaining the integrity of the nation state has been a long and continuing process


The three Baltic States, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, declared their wish to be independent almost at the same time in 1918, when at the end of the First World War supranational European empires started to crumble. Their roads to sovereignty were very different. Because of an unfavorable historical situation and the specific geographical location (on the great route from West to East), the Lithuanians faced the greatest difficulties. However, on 16 February 1918, Lithuania was the first to declare independence. Estonia did so on 24 February the same year, and Latvia on 18 November.


Founding the state


Historians still disagree over when the Lithuanian state appeared.

A Promising Beginning – LIW Featured Author

Romain Gary, twice winner of the Prix Goncourt, based parts of his early Books on his childhood in Vilnius

One of the most interesting and colourful 20th-century French novelists was to say about Vilnius: “Perhaps it was here that I was born as an artist.”


Romain Gary (his real name was Roman Kacew) was born in the city on 8 May 1914. Later living in Russia with his mother for a while, he returned to Vil­nius for a few years (from 1917 to 1924), and spent several crucial years of his childhood and adolescence at 16 Wielka Pohu­lanka Street (now Basana­vičiaus gat­vė 18).


After a one-year stay in Warsaw, he at last reached France, the country of his dreams, to begin to turn into what, in his

Lithuania and Russia: A Decade of Relations

Lithuania in The World News: Although at first they got off to a shaky start, diplomatic relations between the two countries have recently seen a series of major breakthroughs

Arnas Lazdauskas

The last couple of months have seen unprecedented activity in the history of relations between Lithuania and Russia.
The two countries have done what they could not do before.

They have made substantial progress on numerous tough and thorny issues. Both countries have signed and promptly ratified several important bilateral treaties. Both have tried hard to moderate the damaging rhetoric at home.

Yet what gives even more grounds for optimism is the fact that finally, after six years of delay, Russia has ratified two basic treaties, the Treaty on the State Border and the Treaty on the Delimitation …

The Baltic Road – LIW Magazine History Archive

A massive public demonstration 15 years ago opened the doors to independence for the three Baltic states

Marcelijus Martinaitis

On 23 August 2004, the three Baltic states, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, celebrated the 15th anniversary of one of the most unique events in their histories. The Baltijos Kelias (Baltic Road) helped to open the door to the restoration of their independence.

This event 15 years ago was a milestone in the struggle of the three states towards the elimination of the legal and political effects of their occupation and annexation by the Soviet Union in 1940.

Of course, people in other countries have all but forgotten the Baltic Road, even though it was widely covered by the press and television at the time. It was then that the Lithuanian word …

Ten Ways to Tie The Knot – LIW Magazine Lifestyle and Variety

Wedding rites are changing

Jolanta Paðkevièienë

These days, when peoples and their customs are all mixing, weddings that are celebrated in accordance with centuries-old traditions can probably only be found in some mountain village, or in an Eskimo community cut off from the world by ice, or seen in films about folk traditions.

Even Lithuanians, who are not enthusiastic about taking on new things, and who are proud of their customs that have lasted since pagan times, no longer have traditional weddings.

They often laugh that the only events they celebrate joyfully are weddings. Maybe that is why the occasion, which is celebrated with relatives and close friends, often adopts customs from other parts of the world.

Traditions Are Barely Alive

Over the last decade, not only premarital life but …