Cultural Tourism in Lithuania

GoBalticEurope will continue to promote cultural tourism to Lithuania in 2015-2016,
with emphasis on traditional Baltic songs and dances.

Shown here at The New York Times Travel Show 2015, on the left is Julius Pranevicius, Consul General of the Republic of Lithuania in New York, with Lithuanian-American journalist Ann Charles, who has been promoting cultural tourism to Lithuania, as well as to Estonia and Latvia, for over ten years.

Yes, it’s official, January 8-10, 2016 are the confirmed dates for The New York Times Travel Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Show in New York City. Although it is too early to confirm at this stage whether there will definitely be Lithuanian cultural presentations at the 2016 show, enthusiasm is building up already in an effort to promote cultural tourism to the Baltic countries. And don’t be surprised if the Latvians as well as the Estonians join in the celebration, too!

The first Lithuanian cultural presentations at the Travel Show were presented by GoBalticEurope in 2005, and were continued throughout 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, in an effort to promote tourism to Lithuania, as well as to Latvia and Estonia. GoBalticEurope also initiated the first performance of JUMIS, the Latvian folk dance group, and other Latvian performers at The New York Times Travel Show.

On March l, 2014, Ann Charles, photojournalist/author, presented the Travel Seminar “Northern Europe’s Baltic Sea Region – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Scandinavia – An Unforgettable Journey” at The New York Times Travel Show. Swedish-born photographer Bo Zaunders (“Nordic Reach”) and Lithuanian-American photographer, Algis Norvila, contributed to the success of this Baltic seminar.

Back in 2015, GoBalticEurope was on the scene for three full days at The New York Times Travel Show, January 23-25, 2015, and we’re getting geared up to cover the 2016 show next January 8-10. It will take place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and will be sponsored by American Express.


Shown here is Birute Mockiene, Director of “Varpelis” (Little Bell) at The New York Times Travel Show holding a photo taken by Ann Charles, with several young Lithuanian performers who participated in the 2015 show.

The Lithuanian children‘s song and dance group “Varpelis” (Little Bell) under the direction of Birute Mockiene of Elizabeth, New Jersey has been performing at The New York Times Travel Show since 2005. On Saturday, January 24, 2015, “Varpelis” (Little Bell) performed on the Europe Stage at 12:15pm. Julius Pranevicius, Consul General of the Republic of Lithuania in New York, introduced this and two other Lithuanian performances at show.

Later on at 4:00pm on the same day, there was a lively Lithuanian folk dance presentation performed on the Global Stage by “Viesulas” (Whirlwind) of New Jersey.

On Sunday, January 25, at 12:15pm, on the Europe stage, a Lithuanian instrumental children’s group “Spindulelis” (Ray of Sunshine) under the direction of Violeta Kunrotiene performed in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

On the left photo, next to the “Viesulas” dancer on the far left, is Julius Pranevicius, Consul General of the Republic of Lithuania in New York. Photo: Ann Charles.
On the right, Julius Pranevicius, Consul General of the Republic of Lithuania in New York, is shown introducing the Lithuania instrumental children’s group “Spinduelis” (Ray of Sunshine) directed by Violeta Kunrotiene at The New York Times Travel Show 2015. UN Photo: Ann Charles.


Pictured at left is Violeta Kunrotiene, Director, “Spindulelis” (Ray of Sunshine), a Lithuanian instrumental children’s group performing at the New York Times Travel Show. Photo: Ann Charles.
On the right is Latvian Eriks Lingeberzins, of Via Hansa Tours, that exhibited at The New York Times Travel Show 2015. Photo: Ann Charles.


At l:00PM on January 24, Latvian Eriks Lingeberzins of Via Hansa Tours (booth 373), based in Riga, Latvia, spoke on a one-on-one basis about the Baltic Sea Region in a Meet-the-Experts segment at the show. Colorful travel brochures on Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania were available at the Via Hansa Tours booth. The brochures were published by the Estonian Tourist Board/Enterprise Estonia, the Latvian Tourism Development Agency, and the Lithuanian State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy.

In addition, Estonian Darja Dovbos, Baltic Manager, JayWay Travel (679) based in New York, participated in a Meet the Experts one-on-one event on the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania at 3:00PM on Sunday, January 25, at The New York Times Travel Show 2015. JayWay Travel specializes in Central and Eastern Europe Custom Tours.

”Travel World News”, a media sponsor, has been promoting the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania through its editorial pages since its 2006 edition, following GoBalticEurope’s participation in The New York Times Travel Show of 2005.

Estonian Daria Dovbos, Baltic Manager, JayWay Travel, is shown here holding up a colorful brochure on the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania at the show. Photo: Ann Charles.

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