Midsummer Day (also known as Saint Jonas' Festival or Saint John's Day, Rasos (Dew Holiday) and Joninės) is a folk festivalcelebrated on the night of June 23rd all around Lithuania. It is the shortest night of the year and, according to Lithuanian ancestors traditions, magical night, marking the sun’s victory against darkness.
Due to this celebration, the Centre for Civil Education will be closed on 24th and 25th of June. We kindly apologize for inconveniences and invite you to visit the Centre every Tuesday – Friday (9.00 – 16.00) and Saturday – Sunday (11.00-17.00).
In the evening of 25th, May the Lithuanian Internet Awards took place in Martynas Mažvydas’ library. The event was held for the sixth consecutive year. These awards are an inseparable part of the technology and innovation festival LOGIN where the most outstanding projects as well as non-traditional and innovative solutions are presented.
This year, internet users and commission members selected 21 winners. The Center for Civil Education received the “Innovation of the Year” nomination for the way it presents information in its exposition halls.
‘Tango is for two, while quadrille is for a team’ upon receiving the award said Rokas Kilčiauskas, who is one of the creators of the Center for Civil Education and a Processoffice architect. This brief acceptance speech illustrates one of the essential principles underlying his activity – continuous improvement by means of cooperation. More than one hundred professionals from different areas combined their efforts for the creation of the Center for Civil Education’s exposition halls; since the center’s opening its visitors have been providing their insight and in this way contributing to the creators’ work.
Other candidates for the “Innovation of the Year” award in 2017 were Smartcall system, electric car sharing service SPARK, LRT television TV news studio and others. In 2016 this award was given to the creators of “Sky Video Pro” SKYLARK stabilization system.
“Mission Siberia 2016” expedition visited and maintained one of the largest Lithuanian exile cemeteries in the territory of the former USSR. Participants to the expedition traveled 5000 km from Lithuania to Igarka, where they did not only face challenges and constant work, but also found our country’s still-living history that they are determined to spread back in Lithuania.
The exhibition hall “A Walk in Siberia” introduces its visitors to an important part of the Lithuanian history and promotes civil participation. The use of various interactive tools helps to take those visiting this exposition hall to the distant region of Igarka for a moment. The exposition gives an overview of the “Mission Siberia” project, excerpts from participants’ diaries and pictures of the expedition that took place in 2016. In a nearby stop visitors can use a virtual reality headset and see how the cemetery in Iglarka or “Mission Siberia ’16” campsite looks.
According to the organizers, the exhibition encourages its visitors not to stick to scientific facts, but to feel and live the same emotions that the expedition participants experienced. In this way those who learned about deportations from history books and those who were actually exiled are connected, while each visitor of this exposition hall is encouraged not only to observe history, but to participate in it.
On 20th of January 2017 those who were the most successful in field of tourism in 2016 were announced and awarded in the international exhibition of tourism, travel and active leisure called “Adventur”. These awards are organized by the Lithuanian State Department of Tourism and they took place for the 13th time.
Professionals in the field of tourism awarded the Centre for Civil Education with a special nomination for innovation. Last year this prize was awarded to the Modern Art Centre for its project “Vilnius Talking Statues”.
“I would like to thank 48 thousand people who visited the Centre for Civil Education. Every day they inspire us to set new goals, face new challenges and tasks” – said the head of the centre Nideta Jarockienė upon receiving the award.
On the 26th of January two educators of the Centre for Civil Education at the Office of the President at of the Republic of Lithuania Lina Kančytė ir Rasa Bortkevičiūtė spent the day with young people recovering at Children’s Hospital (Affiliate of Vilnius University Hospital Santariskiu Klinikos). During the meeting they discussed the meaning of the word “identity”, each of them presented their personal understanding of this word and distinguished the main features of the Lithuanian identity. This was the second visit paid by the centre’s representatives to this hospital and it was organized together with Vilnius Santariškės Consulting & Teaching Centre.
There are plans to have educational meetings at Children’s Hospital every month. During these meetings educators and children will playfully analyse different aspects of a state.
Awards “Mano Erdvė 2016” took place in the evening of the 17th of November and Centre for Civil Education received a title for the best public interior design. These awards took place for the second consecutive year; during this event the best interior realizations created by Lithuanian architects and designers are awarded.
The interior of the Centre for Civil Education was created by architects’ studio “Processoffice” (Rokas Kilčiauskas, Marius Kanevičius, Vytautas Biekša, Eglė Matulaitytė, Dovilė Krikščiūnaitė, Olga Voišnis). The building’s interior is characterized by the integration of historical details into modern space. The visitors of the exposition can see the exposed parts of the historical façade, uncovered crude foundation masonry and natural modern materials, such as plywood, elements of perforated metal that are used as wall decorations, furniture, window covers. The spaces at the Centre for Civil Education are designed for expositions and events. Functional connections in the architecture of the exposition help to present complicated content in a simple, interactive and playful way.
Interior design contest “Mano erdvė” is organized by the Lithuanian Architects’ Union, news site lrytas.lt and newspaper “Lietuvos rytas”.