FUTURE ENERGY. The Rays of Future Energy from Lithuania


The theme, chosen for the Lithuanian pavilion this year is the slightly paraphrased theme of the EXPO 2017 – The Rays of Future Energy from Lithuania.

The design of the pavilion is based on the motif of lasers

The 530 sq. m Lithuanian pavilion was established in a futuristic complex, built especially for the exhibition, in the neighbourhood of the pavilions of Italy, the United Kingdom, Finland, Hungary, Switzerland and other European countries. The project for this year‘s image of the Lithuanian pavilion was selected from nine candidates and is based on lasers. What made the project original and attractive, was the opportunity to introduce all kinds of innovations not only in the field of energy, but other areas as well. Lasers are something Lithuania can be proud of, because our scientists develop and produce one tenth of the scientific lasers used all over the world

More than 90 per cent of the Lithuanian lasers are produced for export. The largest markets for the laser industry include Western Europe, North America, Japan and China, although lasers remaining in Lithuania also find their purpose in various fields, from science, medicine, industry and entertainment to areas that could hardly be compatible with lasers at all, such as painting. Ideas on how to do that will be illustrated by the painter Irma Leščinskaitė from Klaipėda and her companions – Brolis Semiconductors laser technology company, software with augmented reality technology, as well as creators of video and musical compositions.

The word saulė carries the same meaning of ray and light in both Lithuanian and Kazakh languages

Interestingly, both Lithuanian and Kazakh languages have the same word to describe a sun ray – saulė. In our cultures a ray means so much more than merely a transfer of light in the physical world – first of all, it is a symbol of science, art, culture, education and even freedom of nations, as well as struggle against darkness.

The theme of the pavilion and ways of presentation were chosen by the Ministry of Environment, organising the participation at the event in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy, various associations, institutes, etc.  The centre of the exposition features a Lithuanian installation of LED lights and mirrors made by UAB Scenos techninis servisas (Stage technical service  Ltd), representing the birth of a laser. The installation is surrounded by a dozen of screens, showing the most important of our energy objects, a 3D video library and a startup lab. The expositions provide with a short overview of the development of energy in Lithuania, as well as its recent tendencies – the already-implemented LitPol Link and NordBalt links, Lithuanian connection with the network of the Continental Europe, the successful use of the LNG terminal, etc. The greatest attention is focused on the use of renewable energy resources (RER), such as wind or solar power plants, biofuel, module production (the solar panels, produced by the BOD Group are among the most modern and high-quality in Europe), as well as responsible power consumption (massive renovations of residential houses, new production technology, passive houses, electromobiles, etc.). The exposition also introduces smart and dashing Lithuanian youth – successful startups and an original message, inviting Tesla to invest in Lithuania, which features a TESLA Gigafactory near Kruonis Hydro Power Plant, already “built” by a group of young startuppers in virtual space.

Countries‘ pavilions at exhibitions of such scale act as their business cards, informing the visitors about their geographic location, residents, language, membership at international organizations, etc.  We highlight Lithuanian diplomatic, economic and cultural relations with Kazakhstan. Presenting our companies, scientific and educational institutions, resorts and SPAs, we introduce Lithuania as a productive, creative and enlightening country, which is also a good place to regain one‘s strength. We also promote the twentieth – anniversary – Song Festival, which will take place next year, as well as other events, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the restoration of Lithuanian statehood.

Guests welcomed by a team of well-prepared guides

The visitors of the Lithuanian pavilion will be welcomed by a dozen of guides, who came to work at the exhibition for three months. They are dressed in original costumes, created by the LT identity designers Jolanta Rimkutė and Ieva Ševiakovaitė. Before coming to the exhibition, these young people visited the most important Lithuanian energy objects and even practiced with the visitors coming to the Lithuanian Centre for Civil Education.

The pavilion, its events, souvenirs and other merchandise features laconic rays of laser, designed by Aurimas Švedas, a graphic a designer and artist from Kaunas.

The visitors of the pavilion will also be able to try some contemporary Lithuanian cuisine

The public tender for catering services and souvenirs was won by Riekė company (also known as Skonio slėnis, The Valley of Taste), giving priority to contemporary, rather than ethnographic Lithuanian cuisine. The contemporary Lithuanian cuisine is introduced using Lithuanian products, production traditions and recipes. Lithuanian pavilion also has a small bakery, thus you are welcome to visit and have a taste of the unique Lithuanian bread, famous for its amazing taste. Desserts will be decorated using honey nano granules. Tastings will include elderberry and buckthorn mousses, as well as thyme, cheese, cep and even herring ice-cream. Traditional Lithuanian dishes, such as cold beetroot soup, will be served in convenient packaging, quite like fast food. The majority of the products will be available as souvenirs.

23 June – Lithuania‘s National Day

Lithuania‘s National Day will be held on 23 June and attended by representatives of the Lithuanian state, politics, business, culture and art. The events of the National Day will also reflect the 25-year history and future of the diplomatic relationship between Lithuania and Kazakhstan.

The highlights of the day will include concerts of the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra – NICO – a team of contemporary musicians. The young professionals, who have already gained world recognition, make a rather peculiar carrier of the energy of art and its effect on people. Their minimalistic music radiates positive energy and light. The modern academic orchestra has prepared an ambitious programme for the exhibition.

The same day will mark the ceremonial opening of the Lithuanian House in Karanganda, two hundred kilometres away from Astana. The Lithuanian House is developed by the joint effort of Vytautas Varasimavičius, founder of TL Nika Group logistics company, which has been developing its business in Kazkachstan for many years, and Vitalijus Tvarijonas, Head of Lituanica ethno-association and Honorary Consul of Lithuania in Karaganda region. 

The history of Lithuanian participation at World EXPO dates back to 1900s

Lithuania has been participating at the World EXPO since 1900. The first time at the exhibition in Paris was rather complicated – being a member of the tsarist empire, Lithuania managed to set up a separate exposition of Lithuania at the Ethnographic Pavilion and to demonstrate not only traditional national costumes, but also Lithuanian press in Latin characters, that was prohibited by the government of that time.

The first time Lithuania officially participated at the world exhibition in Paris and brought back a number of honourable awards, was in 1937. After an equally successful performance at the world exhibition in 1939, which took place in New York, for the next half a century Lithuania was represented only as a part of the Soviet Union, while after regaining independence, our country participated at all EXPO exhibitions up to this date, beginning with the one in Seville in 1992.

In several months Lithuanian pavilion is usually visited by hundreds of thousands or even a million of people. The pavilion in Shanghai was visited by as many as six million! Visitors not only see our achievements in one field or another, but also meet our staff, enjoy Lithuanian food and drinks, listen to music, as well as find out a number of interesting facts about our country, its history and culture.

The Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania has ratified the convention regarding international exhibitions and as of 2009 Lithuania has become a member of the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE). This is one of the largest international (intergovernmental) organisations, uniting 169 states. The decision on the place, time and topic of the future EXPO is decided by vote and each of the organisation‘s member states (including Lithuania) has one. Lithuania is also a member of the organisation‘s Rules Committee.

Earlier this year, during the third meeting of the EXPO 2017 participants, Romas Jankauskas, Commissioner of the Lithuanian pavilion was elected Chairman of the EXPO 2017 Steering Committee. In total the Steering Committee consists of 22 state representatives. The Committee coordinates smooth cooperation between EXPO organisers and all participants in solving important issues regarding preparations and successful course of the exhibition.

We all wish Kazakhstan huge success with the international EXPO 2017. It is important that the exhibition not only highlights the 20th anniversary of the capital Astana, but also leaves a deep imprint in the constantly growing modern state of Kazakhstan. The initiative of the President Nursultan Nazarbayev to use the exhibition base for a Green Technologies Centre, is also highly-appreciated.


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