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Lithuania Gets Global Exposure At World Expo Milano

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Lithuanian culture at the center of worldwide attention

Wednesday, 15 July, Milan – President Dalia Grybauskaitė launched the Lithuanian National Day at World Expo 2015 in Milan. At the exhibition, which this year introduces the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life“, Lithuania presents its culinary and cultural heritage.

“Today Lithuania is again at the center of worldwide attention. In Italy, we have an exceptional opportunity to present our country to the world, to show what we are proud of and what distinguishes us from other nations. Lithuanian production is more and more highly valued not only because of its unique tradition but also because of its distinctive quality,” the President said.

Expo 2015 involves 147 states and international organizations. It expects to welcome more than 20 million visitors from all over the world, about 150 thousand every day, to its 100 hectare exhibition area.

According to the President, such events not only provide millions of people around the world with an opportunity to discover Lithuania, but also offer an excellent opportunity for our business people to establish contacts and find new markets for Lithuanian products.

The Lithuanian pavilion is composed of two buildings joined by interconnecting walkways. It represents the balance between tradition and innovation, the past and the present. Visitors to the pavilion can acquaint themselves with Lithuanian history, its ties with other countries, its tradition and achievements. The pavilion is also a venue for performances and films about Lithuania made specifically for Expo 2015.

The world fair, which runs for half a year, displays a permanent exhibition of exported products and presents Lithuanian scientists’ inventions in food technologies and agriculture ­ from fibre hemp nanocrystals or a smart fridge to ecological asparagus or lamps capable of replacing solar light.

On the Lithuanian National Day, visitors could taste exclusive Lithuanian ecological and traditional foods labeled as protected products in the European Union. They could also enjoy black bread, white cheese with honey, tree cakes (šakotis), and Lithuanian mead.

The first Expo was held in London back in 1851. Lithuania is taking part in the world fair for the 12th time. The very first unofficial expo display was organized by émigré Lithuanians in 1900. The ethnographic pavilion in Paris exhibited the Lithuanian publications banned by tsarist Russia and folk costumes.

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