After 7 years of interruption in June, 13-14 on the Khortytsya island was held the traditional Festival of Lithuanian song and dance. The Lithuanian centers’ delegations arrived from five Ukrainian regions such as Kyiv, Dniepropetrovsk and Nikopol, Zaporizhzhiya, Kharkiv and Vinnytsya to perform in the Festival and greet Lithuanians from Zaporizhzhiya with the 20 th Anniversary of association foundation. There were songs, interlaced dances, represented exhibition of handmade embroidery by their author Galyna Khmel-Dunai. The Festival was attended by high guests from Lithuania such as Mr.Marius Yushka, HEad of foreign Lithuanians Department of the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry, Mr. Marius Yanukonis, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Lithuania to Ukraine, and Ms. Valentyna Klemishinaite, the head of Consular division in the Embassy of LR to Ukraine. At the holiday were the representatives of Diasporas from different nations of Zaporizhzhiya, and the officials of regional cultural department of Zaporizhzhiya.
Due to a big amount of participants, on the second day of the holiday was held the working meeting of the heads of Lithuanian associations with the official representatives of Lithuanian delegations. There discussed the issues, some questions on the places and the preparation for the further Convention of the worldwide Union of Lithuanians, which would be in Jule, 13-14 in Vilnius.
Photos and text – Galyna Khmel-Dunai, Head of bussiness-cultural center "Gintaras"