PUBLISHER’S WORD. A Letter to the Future President of the Republic of Lithuania

Dear Presidential Candidate,

First of all, I would like to wish you good luck in the honourable competitive battle.

I would like to draw your attention to certain historical aspects, related to the importance of the sea to the development, economy and culture of Lithuania as a state.

This year we will celebrate the 85th anniversary of the first Day of the Sea celebration in Lithuania. The Lithuanian President Antanas Smetona, who participated at this event in 1934, delivered a speech, emphasizing the historical importance of the sea to the development and prosperity of Lithuania, encouraging its citizens to ‘work and live in a way to make the Lithuania a true maritime state’.

The next step in strengthening the maritime policies and maritime spirit took place a year later with the first issue of a Lithuanian maritime publication, named Jūra (The Sea), during the second Sea Festival, which took place in summer of 1935. The purpose of the publication was to “implement maritime propaganda and education, replacing the continental spirit of the Lithuanian nation with a maritime one, as well as embedding the notion of understanding the advantage of having an access to the sea both to the state and its citizens in the wide public.
However, Lithuania’s maritime aspirations fell in 1939, when Klaipėda region was annexed by the Nazi Germany.
The Sea Festival has been revived in 1959.

Jūra magazine took a bit longer. After a short attempt to peak out in 1989, the publication grew silent for one more decade.
Jūra magazine has been finally reborn in 1999, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Sea Festival.
Thus, this year we celebrate as many as three anniversaries: the 85th anniversary of the first Day of the Sea, the 60th anniversary of the revived Sea Festival and the 20th anniversary of the reborn magazine, which started out as a monolingual local publication and grew into an international magazine, featuring articles in Lithuanian, English, Russian and Chinese languages, that is today known as JŪRA MOPE SEA.

These anniversaries will be celebrated on the last week of July, when you will be already elected as the President of the Republic of Lithuania and, very likely, will come to Klaipėda to greet the people of Lithuania, celebrating the anniversary of the Sea Festival and JŪRA MOPE SEA magazine..
For this occasion, we will publish a special issue of JŪRA MOPE SEA, dedicated to these anniversaries.
Therefore, I would like to ask you to accept a rather extraordinary offer: write your presidential celebratory speech for the Sea Festival, i.e. a programme speech on your vision of the Lithuanian maritime policy, maritime business, as well as the development strategy for the ports of Klaipėda and Šventoji in the years of your tenure and the future.
This speech would be published in the special JŪRA MOPE SEA issue, dedicated to the event, together with the speech of Antanas Smetona, the first President of Lithuania, delivered during the first Sea Festival in 1934.

I am aware that my request is rather unusual – I feel inclined to do unusual things – and ask to refrain from rejecting this idea. This action of yours, if you take it now, is very likely to go down in history just like the speech of the President Antanas Smetona, delivered in 1934.

Sincerely,
Zita Tallat-Kelpšaitė
Publisher of JŪRA MOPE SEA magazine since 1999

 

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The magazine JŪRA has been published since 1935.
International business magazine JŪRA MOPE SEA has been
published since 1999.

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