Venue: Laisves aleja 79, Kaunas (Kaunas Hotel).
Kaunas – the second largest city in Lithuania – evolved out of the castles built on the confluence of the Nemunas and the Neris rivers. In 1408 Vytautas the Great granted the rights of Magdeburg to Kaunas and the city started developing rapidly. It became an important harbor as well as centre of trade with Western Europe. In 1920 when Poland took Vilnius, the State Council, Cabinet of Ministries and other state institutions were established in Kaunas. The city became the provisional capital.
The regained independence of Lithuania enabled the city to develop its social, cultural and economical life.
Kaunas with its 400 thousand inhabitants is one of the most significant cities of the country. It is not only the city with old traditions, but also a large centre of business and industry. Kaunas is the leading city of Lithuania in the field of information technologies. At present about 80 successful enterprises of technological innovative profile operate here, bout 3,700 employees work in this sphere. The development of innovations is based on the effective collaboration among universities, science and trade institutions.
There are a lot of museums, the unique Old Town with its beautiful architectural monuments of Gothic, Renaissance and Classicism. In Kaunas you can find an interesting objects of technical heritage: the only remaining funiculars in Lithuania, built in 1930 and 1935.
The City is famous for its cultural life. Kaunas is a cradle of Lithuanian theatre, opera and museums, first song festivals took place in this city. Traditional annual festivals “Kaunas Jazz”; International Pazaislis classical music festival; the city’s birthday; International Festival of Modern Dance have a big number of visitors. Every year the festival “The Spring of Poetry” elates the lovers of poetry.
The provisional capital is called a sport city for its famous sportsmen: Arvydas Sabonis, Margarita Drobiazko, Povilas Vanagas, Sarunas Jasikevicius, Edita Daniute, Vytautas Janusaitis and others.
To learn more about Kaunas city, please, visit Internet: http://visit.kaunas.lt/W3/titulinis?lang=en
Arrival: airport – Vilnius International Airport VNO (5 km of city centre), Kaunas Airport (90 km of Vilnius), Vilnius Railway Station, Vilnius Bus Station. 10 minutes by taxi to the city centre (price ~10-15 EUR).