November 23-25, 2018

Relive the historic weekend of culture and fun in Boston as the Baltic communities in Boston commemorated the founding of the Republics of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania 100 years ago.

During the weekend, November 23-25, 2018, we enjoyed:

  • Concerts with hundreds of musicians and dancers
  • Expert speakers - Nobel Prize Laureate, State Department Advisor
  • Round table and panel discussions with ambassadors, authors, music experts, filmmakers
  • Marketplace of Baltic treasures, including amber and handicrafts
  • Festival of foreign films and talks with producers/directors
  • Art exhibit of creative paintings and sculpture
  • Entertaining programs for children
  • Grand gala banquet
  • And more!

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Throughout their long and tumultuous history, these three small nations have managed to sustain their individual cultural and linguistic identifies. It is with great appreciation, pride, and joy that we have come together to host this weekend-long unique Centennial event in Boston, a city deeply steeped in its own national history.

The Baltic Centennial in Boston 2018 will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Copley Square, Boston Symphony Hall, and the Emerson Paramount Theater. This historic event is sponsored by the Lithuanian American Community Inc. in collaboration with the Baltic American Society of New England Inc.


Highlights for the Baltic Centennial in Boston 2018 include international experts presenting talks about Baltic affairs, engaging panel discussions, a Baltic film festival, a cultural art exhibit, performances by choirs and dancers, and Gala Banquet on Saturday evening.

Please continue to check here for updates as we finalize our exciting program.

Baltics — Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

Learn more about each country and how they celebrate the centennial independently

Lithuania celebrated the 100th anniversary of its independence on February 16, 2018, closely followed by Estonia on February 24, 2018, and then Latvia on November 18, 2018.


What is the meaning of Lithuania’s Centennial Celebration?

Lithuania's experience with statehood actually stretches back to the 13th century. Her first king was crowned in 1253. Subsequent rulers expanded their domain to include Byelorussia and Ukraine. This state was called the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. In 1569 Lithuanians entered into an alliance with the kingdom of Poland, creating the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, at that time the largest state in Europe.

The federation was divided up in 1795 by imperial Russia, Prussia and Austria. After more than 500 years of self-rule, Lithuanians became a subjugated nation, their country became a province of the Russian empire. For 120 years the Russian empire tried unsuccessfully to eradicate Lithuanian patriotism. Several revolts, various clandestine operations, including an underground press, culminated in the blossoming of Lithuanian patriotism in the late nineteenth century.

On February 16, 1918, a select group of Lithuanian leaders declared Lithuania’s intention to regain statehood in the form of a democracy. The establishment of this democracy, the re-establishment of self-rule, the regaining of independence – this is what Lithuanians are commemorating during this Centennial celebration.

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