- January 22, 2013
Exhibition, conference, coin…
In Lithuania, the year 2013 was proclaimed as “the Year of January Uprising”. In order to inaugurate the Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the January Uprising, the Polish Institute in Vilnius and the National Museum of Lithuania strongly invite to watch an educationalition entitled ‘The January Uprising in series of works ‘Polonia’ and ‘Lituania’ by Artur Grotger. Within the framework of commemoration of the events which happened a century and half ago, a special Polish-Lithuanian issue of the magazine “Mówią więki” (“The centuries speak”) will be published. What is more, a conference devoted to the Uprising will be held, and on the day of the beginning of the Uprising a commemorative coin will be issued in Lithuania.
On January 22nd, on the occasion of the January Uprising anniversary, a commemorative silver coin of the face value 50 Lt will be issued into circulation. Its presentation will take place in the 1863 Uprising Museum in Paberžė village, next to the nearby city Kėdainiai. The exhibition entitled “The January Uprising in series of works ‘Polonia’ and ‘Lituania’ by Artur Grotger” will be presented in the Museum of Applied Arts in Vilnius from January 25th to March 17th 2013. The Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania, Mr Algirdas Butkevičius promised to take part in the solemn opening. The exhibition will be accompanied by many educational events aiming at commemorating the Uprising and the Polish-Lithuanian history. With the final day of the exhibition in Vilnius, it will be then shown in other cities: Šiauliai, Biržai and Kėdainiai. The exhibition in Vilnius starts the framework of the Trail of Lithuanian Museums entitled “The remembrance of the January Uprising”.
Starting from February, the Polish Institute in Vilnius along with its partners will begin an educational project “We are adopting the heritage of the January Uprising”. The project aims at making the youth participate in commemorating the common history. Students will be given the task to seek for souvenirs and monuments related to the January Uprising. They will have to give their history and examine it and also take care of them and popularize them.
On the initiative of the Polish Embassy in Lithuania and with the help of the Polish Institute in Vilnius, a special bilingual issue of the “Mówią Wieki” magazine devoted to the January Uprising will be published. We will find in it the articles of Polish and Lithuanian historians who will explain the origin, the course and the consequences of the Uprising. The issue will be published in March and it will be distributed in Lithuania, mainly among historians and young people through the university and school libraries. The promotion of the issue will be held with the presence of the editors of “Mówią Wieki” magazine and it will take place during the last day of the exhibition “The January Uprising in series of works ‘Polonia’ and ‘Lituania’ by Artur Grotger”.
In September, the Polish Institute in Vilnius along with the Lithuanian Historical Institute and the European Humanities University in Vilnius are planning to organize an academic conference on January Uprising. The participants of the conference will underlie issues of: the reasons why the insurgents fought in 1863-64 (the Uprising in broader context of liberation battle), what were the social groups participating in the Uprising and who stood aside or against the Uprising, how the national policy of the Empire changed after the Uprising and how the presentation of the Uprising changed in the culture memories of different countries.
Within the framework of the Commemoration of the January Uprising, the Polish Institute in Vilnius is going to project the Tadeusz Chmielowski’s film “The Faithful River” which is based on Stefan Żeromski’s novel. The projections of the film will be held by the Club of Polish Films in the Vilnius Film Centre “Skalvija” during the International Book Fair and the Artur Grotger’s exhibition.
Tłumaczenie Bartłomiej Cichoń w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Bartłomiej Cichoń the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.