The Prime Ministers of the Baltic States signed a joint declaration, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Baltic Way.
On 23 August 2009 the Prime Minister of Estonia, Andrus Ansip, the Prime Minister of Latvia, Valdis Dombrovskis and the Prime Minister of Lithuania, Andrus Kubilius, signed a joint declaration in Vilnius, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Baltic Way, in which the Baltic Way is remembered as a unique, peaceful demonstration that led to the restoration of the independence of the Baltic States.
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Relay of the Baltic unity “Heartbeat to Baltic”
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Baltic Way, a relay of the Baltic unity “Heartbeat to Baltic” took place on 22 – 23 August 2009. The three Baltic states reunited on the historic Baltic Way in a twenty-four hour run, that began in Tallinn and Vilnius and finished on 23 August at 20:00 in Riga, at the symbol of independence – the Freedom Monument. The 671 km route was divided into 1 km long relay sections. Every citizen of the Baltic States was welcome to join this relay in the kilometre they chose.
“Heartbeat to Baltic” was organised to once again feel the unity of the Baltic States, to remember the struggle for freedom and to prove the vitality of our national consciousness.

On the website of the campaign www.baltijascelam20.lv. you can find information about the unity run “Heartbeats to Baltic”, photograph archives and descriptions.
Contact person: Anda Vaiče, media coordinator,
anda@deepwhite.lv, +37120392276.

Ceremonial events organized by the Baltic Assembly
Participants followed the Baltic Way route and formed the Baltic Unity Torch. In the capitals of the Baltic states, the initiators and main organizers of the Baltic Way were decorated with the Baltic Assembly medal. In the afternoon of August 23, a ceremonial meeting of Parliaments was held in Vilnius, with the participation of the Parliament Chairpersons from the three Baltic States.
The 20th Anniversary of the Baltic Way is the priority of the Baltic Assembly 2009 - resolution on the 20th Anniversary of the Baltic Way, and more detailed information is available on the Baltic Assembly website:

On 6 December 2008 the Baltic Assembly announced the year 2009 as the year of the 20th Anniversary of the Baltic Way in the "Resolution on the 20th anniversary of the Baltic Way"
Baltic Assembly introduces a
logo of the 20th Anniversary of the Baltic Way

Baltic Chain Run (22-23 August)
On 22-23 August 2009 Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian motorcycle clubs organized “Baltic Chain Run” following the route of the Baltic Way from Vilnius and Tallinn to Sigulda. The event was organized by Estonian Motorcycle Club Association (EMCA). Additional information: 
Contact person: Aare Kõuts (
aare@piratica.ee), president of the EMCA.

Powered paragliders flew across the Baltics 
A group of about 25 Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians flew across the Baltic countries using powered paragliders to mark the 20th anniversary of the Baltic Way. Their journey started from Lithuania on 17 August and ended on 22 August in Estonia.

Baltic Way Solidarity Events in Washington, DC
On 23 August the 70th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and the 20th anniversary of the the Baltic Way were remembered in a half day commemoration and celebration in Washington, DC. Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian embassies were open with exhibits and information, diplomats addressed the public. 
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Baltic Way Solidarity Events in London
Lithuanian Youth Association in The United Kingdom invited all Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Baltic Way by holding each other's hands like 20 years ago. The celebration, including a picnic in Hyde Park with traditional Baltic food, drinks and outdoor games, took place in Hyde Park on 23rd of August at 4 pm. For more information. You mey contact Laurynas Baublys by  E-mail:

By the End of August 2009 Video Project Dedicated to the Extraordinary Event of 23 August 1989 was in View at the European Commission’s 12 Star Gallery
On August 23, 1989 two months prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall, more than one million Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians joined hands to create a 600 km long human chain from the foot of Toompea in Tallinn to the foot of the Gediminas Tower in Vilnius, crossing Riga and the Daugava river on the way, showing a formerly unseen solidarity and drive for freedom that united the three countries. They named it Baltic Way. Read more:

Commemorative event of the Baltic Way in the Senate (September)
Embassies of the Baltic States and the Senate of France in Paris organised events dedicated to the 20th Anniversary of “The Baltic Way”:
• 8 September – afternoon seminar “The Baltic Way: Three Countries Hand in Hand. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania. 1989-2009” („La Voie balte : trois pays main dans la main. Estonie, Lettonie, Lituanie. 1989 – 2009”) – the aim of the seminar was to discuss the historical meaning of The Baltic Way, analyse the course of development accomplished by the Baltic states during these 20 years and share the future vision of the European Union.
The Chairman of the France- Baltic inter-parliamentary co-operation group Denis Badré, speakers of the Estonian and Latvian Parliaments, the Foreign Minister of Lithuania and organisers of the Baltic Way Mart Laar, Sandra Kalniete, Vytautas Landsbergis participated in the seminar.
The seminar was organised with the patronage of Chairman of the Senate Gérard Larcher and Chairman of the France- Baltic inter-parliamentary group Denis Badré.
Travelling photo exhibition “The Baltic Way that Moved the World”
• Screening of films
Contact person: Kersti Kirs, Estonian Cultural Attaché in France,

Opening of a symbolic Baltic Way in Mini-Europe Park in Brussels
On 23 August 2009 at 15.00 at least a 600-meter European Way as well as a 6-meter symbolic Baltic Way made of puppets was opened in the Mini-Europe Park in Brussels. The authors of the puppets are the craftsmen of Estonian Puppet Theatre. The famous song "Awaken, the Baltics" was sung in Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian. European choir of Estonians Beene, Belgian choir of Latvians and a folk ensemble Ro:toro from Estonia performed at the event which was organized in co-operation of and financed by Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius city administrations. Additional information: allan.alakyla@tallinnlv.ee

Project „The Baltic Way and Schools: Keeping the Remembrance Alive” (June - August 2009)
The project was taking place in June – August 2009: the research was undertaken on the reflection of the Baltic Way rally in school books published since 1989 in the Baltic States. As a result, methodological material will be produced with recommendations for teachers to include the Baltic Way in school programmes and events, and materials on project results will be prepared for publishing. Target audience: historians and history teachers of the Baltic States.
Project is organized by the Occupation Museum of Latvia and the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO with the support of Estonian and Lithuanian National Commissions for UNESCO. On 15 July in Riga - the meeting of researchers from the Baltic States that participate in the project On 22 July in Riga, - the meeting of researchers and teachers from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
Contact person: Zane Paula- Pāvula, The Latvian National Commission for UNESCO, +37167325109,
zane@unesco.lv or Danute Dūra, Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, +37167211030, danute@omf.lv

Youth project „Back for the Future!” coordinated by the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia (August 11-14)
A joint study by Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian youngsters about the significance of the Baltic Way from the contemporaries’ point of view. The outcome of research was summarized during a five day camp in Salacgriva, Latvia. The output of the project – exhibition of posters, made by young people was displayed in the yard of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, Strēlnieku laukums 1, Riga. Read more:
Contact person: Danute Dūra, Occupation Museum of Latvia, +371672211030, danute@omf.lv

Photo Project „The Baltic Way 1989-2009. How it Happened.”
In July 2007, with the support from the European Cultural Foundation, young photographers from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania went on a two-week trip along the Baltic Way route. Following this symbolic route, young photographers with some childhood memories about the Baltic Way took pictures from their point of view, with perception and understanding they have 20 years after the campaign. This road not only has symbolic and historical value, it also reflects the everyday life in the Baltic States as it leads both along main roads (VIA Baltica) and small countryside roads. In Latvia the project was organized by an association “UrbanTrip”, which bases its activities on socially meaningful photography. More information:
Contact person: Ervins Labanovskis, association „UrbanTrip”, ervins@urbantrip.lv, ervins.labanovskis@riga.lv


1. The Baltic Way – research, action, competitions

Poster competition „Freedom as Well” (June – October)
The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, the Goethe-Institut in Riga, the National Library of Latvia and the Artist’s Union of Latvia organized a poster competition for the prospective and professional artists, dedicated to the Fall of the Berlin Wall and changes during the years 1989 – 199. Read more: 
Contact person: Danute Dūra, Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, +37167211030, danute@omf.lv and Jānis Spalviņš, the International Association of Art (IAA), Executive Committee of IAA Europe, +37129727748

Campaign „Memories – Testimony of the Baltic Way” (May – August)
The campaign, organized by the Museum of the Popular Front and the portal “diena.lv”, encouraged writing memory stories and sending photographs featuring the Baltic Way rally. The materials will supplement the collection of the Museum of the Popular Front. Send materials to:
ltfmuz@mail.eunet.lv or tautas_balss@diena.lv
Venue of presentation: Museum of the Popular Front, Vecpilsētas iela 13/15, Riga
Contact persons: Ilze Bule, Museum of the Popular Front, +37167224502,
ltfmuz@mail.eunet.lv and
Māra Miķelsone, „Tautas balss”, +37167063102,

20th Anniversary of the Baltic Way campaign and of the film “Latvia, August 1989” (18 August)
A Latvian documentary film cycle “Signs of the Era” (“Laikmeta Zīmes”): People, events, situations of life, the Riga chronicle, unique collections long unseen. By filming the events fifty years later, the authors reveal the political situation in Latvia and the nation’s unyielding demand for independence and freedom that united everyone on 23 August in the Baltic way campaign.
Admission free.
Venue: Small Guild (Mazā ģilde)
Time: Tuesday, 18 August at 18:30
Contact information: Riga Culture and Folk Art Centre ”Small Guild” (“Mazā Ģilde”), Amatu 3/5
www.gilde.lv/maza; maza.gilde@latnet.lv; +37167223772, +37167210022, +37167210093

Letter competition “The Baltic Way” (July – August)
“To remind people about the Baltic Way, we expect memory stories from readers, in which you describe the exact place you were standing, who was with you, in what way you were informed about the Baltic Way campaign [..], what your emotions and hopes were at that moment and whether your hopes have come true. Would you agree to make the Baltic Way again – after 20 years? Who have you told about this campaign – your children, grandchildren or neighbours – and what reaction were you expecting? We look forward to read answers to these questions in your letters.”
Length of the letter: in handwriting – not more than two pages, computer-generated – 3000 charters with spaces. The stories will be published; authors of the most interesting stories will get prizes from the publishing house “Lauku Avīze”.
Organised by: Lauku Avīze
Letters should be sent until 10 August to the editorial office of Lauku Avīze with a note “Baltic Way”. “Lauku Avīze”, Dzirnavu iela 21, Riga, LV-1010 or to e-mail address:

2. The Baltic Way: exhibitions – testimony in photographs and documents

Exhibition “The Baltic Way” (1 July - 30 October)
The exhibition was in the windows of the Directorate General of Latvia State Archives building, Šķūņu iela 11, Riga. The exhibition had been compiled by the Directorate General of Latvia State Archives, using documents from the National Archive of Lithuania, the National Archive of Estonia, the Latvia State Archive of Audiovisual Documents, the Museum of the Popular Front.
Contact person: Digne Bērze, +37167226532,

Travelling photo exhibition „The Baltic Way that Moved the World” (September – October)
The exhibition, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs features photographs and documents - testimonies about the Baltic Way in the Baltic States and elsewhere in the world.
In August, the exhibition was displayed in the first floor lobby in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, 3, K.Valdemāra Str. On 8 September, the exposition was shown in the seminar “The Baltic Way: three countries hand in hand. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania. 1989-2009” in the Senate of France in Paris (31, rue du Pont Neuf, 75001 PARIS). The exhibition curator: photographer Ilmārs Znotiņš.
Contact person: Elīna Krēsliņa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia,+37167015984,

Event “The Baltic Way is 20” in Mini-Europe in Brussels, organized by the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Latvia to the European Union (September – October)
During the event, organized by the capitals of the Baltic States (Tallinn, Vilnius, Riga), a miniature model of the Baltic Way was unveiled in the Mini-Europe.
From 1 September to 9 October:
• Exhibition of historical testimonies “Singing Revolution. From Awakening to the European Union” reflecting the social and political processes of the Latvian National Awakening at end of 20th century. Exhibition collected by the Museum of the Popular Front.
Venue of exhibition: Brussels, Permanent Representation of the Republic of Latvia
29 September:
• A small reception, devoted to the 20th Anniversary of the Baltic Way, with speeches of the European Parliament members Sandra Kalniete and Ivars Godmanis, was held in the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Latvia to the European Union in Brussels.
The event was organized with the support from the Representation of Riga City in Brussels.
Contact persons: Inese Allika, counselor of the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Latvia to the European Union, +3222383206,
inese.allika@mfa.gov.lv and Meldra Usenko, Museum of the Popular Front, +37167224502, ltfmuz@mail.eunet.lv

Exhibition “The way of Baltic freedom 1987 - 1991” (opening on 12 August)
With the help of photographs, the exhibition told about an important time-span in the life of the Latvian nation in the 1980s-90s. Photographs that document the period on the way to independence was placed on a large informative stand. The evening (19:00) of the 23 August 1989, when 1.5 million people in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia joined hands, creating a 600 km long chain of people from Tallinn to Riga and from Riga to Vilnius is reflected as one of the most impressive events.
Venue: National History Museum of Latvia.
Contact information:

Exhibition „Baltic Way: Look From the Side” (August 20 – November 1)
A thematic exhibition on how the Baltic Way was held and reflected. Venue of exhibition: Court -Yard of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, Strēlnieku laukums 1, Riga. Read more:
Contact person: Danute Dūra, Museum of the Occupation of Latvia,+371672211030, danute@omf.lv

Exhibition „For Freedom, for Independence, for Democracy...” (August)
An exhibition of historical testimony, about the Baltic Way – an act of nonviolent resistance. The Baltic Way presented in photographs and documents. Opening of exhibition: 23 August at 16.30. Venue of exhibition: Riga City Council, Rātslaukums 1.
Contact person: Meldra Usenko, Museum of the Popular Front, +37167224502,

Exhibition “The way of gladioli for the Baltic Way” (19 – 23 August)
Opening of the exhibition took place on 19 August at 12:00, in the 2nd floor exhibition hall of the Natural History Museum of Latvia. More than 100 sorts of gladioli was displayed.
Venue: Natural History Museum of Latvia, Kr. Barona iela 4, Riga
Read more:
Contact person: Lāsma Vagoliņa, Natural History Museum of Latvia, +37167356025, +37128670398,

Presentation-exhibition of the Baltic States’ youth project „Back for the Future!”
(August - November)

An exhibition, which summarises the results of joint research by Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian young people about the significance of the Baltic way from the contemporaries’ point of view and the Baltic Way posters designed by the participants. Opening of the exhibition - 20 August.
Venue of exhibition: Yard of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, Strēlnieku laukums 1, Riga. Read more:
Contact person: Danute Dūra, Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, +371672211030, danute@omf.lv

3. Events dedicated to the Baltic Way on August 23, 2009 in Riga

Memorial Afternoon „Let’s remember the Baltic Way rally 20 years ago”
Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian organizers of the Baltic Way met at the Memorial Afternoon in Riga.
Beginning: at 16:30. Venue: Museum of the Popular Front
Contact person: Meldra Usenko, Museum of the Popular Front, +37167224502,

Multimedia CD „The Popular Front of Latvia: the living history”
With the help of multimedia technologies, the user of the CD can travel through eight sections of the CD by looking through more than 100 of photographs from that time, by taking a close look at the unique documents, by watching video materials and interviews with well-known activists of the Popular Front of Latvia.
The programme can also be viewed in English.
The first screening of the multimedia programme took place on 23 August at 14:30 in the Big Hall of the Riga Congress House. The event was hosted by Jānis Mitrēvics. Presentation of the CD with comments of Jānis Stradiņš, Sarmīte Ēlerte, Sandra Kalniete and Dainis Īvāns.
Admission free.
For more information go to “Dd Studio” website:
Contact person: Madara Dzalbe, project leader, + 37167205366,  madara.dzalbe@dd.lv

Service in the Riga Cathedral
As part of the “20 years of the Baltic Way” campaign, 70 years since the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. Beginning: at 12:00. Venue: Riga Cathedral (Rīgas Doms)
Contact person: Ilze Bule, Museum of the Popular Front, +37167224502,

Postmarking the envelope dedicated to the 20th Anniversary of the Baltic Way
Postmarking the first day envelope on August 23 from 10:00-15:00.
Venue: Museum of the Popular Front, in Riga, Vecpilsētas iela 13/15
Organized by the Museum of the Popular Front and the Latvian Post.
Contact person: Ilze Bule, Museum of the Popular Front, +37167224502,
ltfmuz@mail.eunet.lv; Edmunds Bebrišs, Latvian Post

Prayer for national unity in Riga Luther Church
Beginning: at 10.00. Venue: Riga Luther Church, Torņakalns. Organiser: Riga Luther congregation
Contact person: Rūta Cimdiņa, +37129451112,

Torņakalns joins hands
Venue: Jānis Akuraters Museum, Pārdaugava. Organiser: Jānis Akuraters Museum.
Contact person: Aija Andžāne, museum specialist, curator of the exhibition "Under the birches", 28368441; Ruta Cimdiņa, museum director, +37129451112;

4. Events dedicated to the Baltic Way in other places around Latvia

Alūksne area: Baltic Way remembrance events.
18 – 31 August Alūksne district Jaunalūksne municipality “Kolberģi”: Exhibition “The Baltic Way is 20”
20 August “Remembrance hour of the Baltic Way”
By joining hands, the participants remembered the Baltic Way campaign. Visitors was introduced to the history of Jaunalūksne, Beja elementary school and the Local History Centre. Handcrafting studios.
Venue: Jaunalūksne municipality Beja, by the Local History Centre (Novadpētniecības centrs) and Beja Library.
Time: 10:00 – 13:00  
21 August - a literature exhibition “The Baltic Unity” dedicated to the 20th Anniversary of the Baltic Way in the Pededze Library.
Programme on 23 August:
• From 9:00 to 15:00 everyone was welcome to bring flowers to the Alūksne New Castle for making a flower arrangement.
• At 18:20 gathering for the torch run “Heartbeats over Alūksne” by the National Armed Forces Infantry School (by Torņa Street). Everyone was welcome to participate.
• At 18:30 “Heartbeat over Alūksne” run along the route: Infantry school – Latgales Street – Dārza Street – New Castle.
• At 19:00 remembrance event devoted to the Baltic Way by the small fountain of the New Castle.
Contact person: Evita Aploka, public relations’ specialist of the Alūksne Area municipality, +37164381502; +37126646749,
Alūksne district Ilzene municipality: Remembrance event by the bonfires „When flames of fire join hands”
Alūksne district Pededze municipality: “The Baltic Unity” literature exhibition in the municipality
Alūksne district Trapene municipality: Remembrance event and concert
Alūksne district Vireši municipality: Thematic day “Unity is power”
Ape: Moment of remembrance during the Town Festival at Ape
Bauska: dedication to the 20th Anniversary of the Baltic Way „Baltic awakes” in the Bauska town culture centre. Film about the celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the Baltic Way in 2004 on the country’s border at Grenctāle; concert of the region’s amateur performer groups.
Carnikava: Remembrance photography exhibition “We – in the Baltic Way 20 years ago” - an exhibition of photographs from personal archives of the people of the area. Venue: Carnikava Culture Centre “Ozolaine”.
Opening of the exhibition and meeting with the eyewitnesses – on 23 August, at 16:00.
Contact: +37167993688; +37128615155.
• Exhibition “The Baltic Way is 20 in Cēsis” - the testimony and participants of the Baltic Way in photographs. Author: Arsēnijs Šenroks. Organizers: Cēsis Municipal Agency “Vidzeme History and Tourism Centre”. Time: 18 August – 4 September.
Venue: Cēsis area local government, Raunas iela 4, Cēsis.
Contact person: Vija Rozentāle, +37164127758; +37129387846, www.cesis.lv
• Social event “The Baltic Way is 20 in Cēsis” - social event dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Baltic Way, with participation of representatives from the Baltic Assembly. Time: 23 August at 16:30 – 18:00.
Venue: Cēsis, Vienības laukums
Contact person: Ivars Prauliņš,
ivarswest@inbox.lv; +37129120124, www.cesis.lv
Daugavpils: Opening of the exhibition “The Baltic way is 20” organised by Daugavpils local history and art museum. Opening of the exhibition: 21 August.
Contact person: Valentīna Slavkovska, +37165424073 or +37126598639
Dobele: “The Baltic Way is 20”
• 23 August at 10:00 - Prayer for national unity in Dobele Evangelic Lutheran Church.
• 23 August at 21:00 – a bonfire was lit in the square by the area council. The Way of Light along the Brīvības street was made by candles to symbolize people holding hands. Participants wrote their names on the candles and got registered in a document that later was given to the museum as a historical material.
• 23 August at 21:00 – 23:00 – historical materials and publications about the events during the Baltic Way campaign in the Central Library.
All the former participants of the Popular Front, officials and other representatives, as well as citizens that care for freedom, independence and better future of the Baltic States was welcome to the event.
Contact person: Līga Freiberga, art director of the Culture Centre, +37126430548
Contact person: Rita Platpīre, head of the Lielvārde City Library, +37128664807
Jelgava: „The Way of Memory and Sorrow”
Venue: at the monument in Svētbirze (Holy Grove) in Jelgava
Jēkabpils: Series of events “Decadence of the occupation – the Baltic Way”
• From 19 August – exhibition in the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Latvia “The Prague Spring”.
• 20 August at 13:00 meeting with the ambassador of the Czech Republic in Latvia Tomáš Pštross. Memories about events in the Czech Republic in 1968. 
Venue: Jēkabpils Culture Centre, Vecpilsētas laukums 3, Jēkabpils.
• 21 August at 13:00 opening of the exhibition of Jēkabpils photographers “Citizens of Jēkabpils in the Baltic Way 20 years ago”.
Venue: Jēkabpils City Library, Vecpilsētas laukums 3C, Jēkabpils.
• 21 August at 14:00 a thematic memory afternoon “The Baltic Way – border between “then” and “now””. Participants: citizens of Jēkabpils, who participated in the Baltic Way.
Venue: Jēkabpils Culture Centre, Vecpilsētas laukums 3, Jēkabpils.
Contact person: Ilga Cimbule, Jēkabpils municipality government culture consultant +37129255407; ilga.cimbule@jekabpils.lv
Jūrmala: The 6th International Festival of seniors' creative groups Jūrmala – 2009 with a motto “United generation in a united Europe” - more than 20 senior choirs, 30 folk-dance groups from Latvia, 25 dance groups from other European countries and guest performers from Lithuania and Estonia took part in the festival. The festival was organised by Jūrmala Pensioners’ Association and Jūrmala City Council.
• 23 August at 11:00 – 12:30 – European dance concert in Horna garden, Jomas iela 35;
• 23 August at 15:00 – procession of the festival participants from Horna garden to Dzintari Concert Hall, along Jomas and Turaidas street;
• 23 August at 16:00 – concert in the Dzintari Concert Hall, Turaidas iela 1;
• 23 August at 19:00 – ceremony in honour of the Baltic unity by the sea;
• 23 August at 21:00 – Ball at the Dzintari Concert Hall.
Contact person: head of the Jūrmala City Council’s culture and sports department Gunta Liepiņa, +37129404230.
Koknese: Ceremonial event in “Likteņdārzs”. Contact person: Valda Auziņa, +3716789535
Lielvārde: Exhibition “The Baltic Way is 20”.
Venue: Lielvārde City Library.
Contact person: Rita Platpīre, head of Lielvārdes City Library, +37128664807
Ogre: Exhibition dedicated to the Baltic Way.
Venue: summer garden of the Ogre Culture Centre
Time: 15 August at 22:00
Contact person: Anita Ausjuka, Ogre Area Council cultural organizer, +37129416989, anitaausjuka@inbox.lv
Pļaviņu area: Thematic literature exhibition “The Baltic joins hands”
Literature exhibitions was displayed in all the libraries in the Pļaviņas area. The exhibitions featured materials that reflect participation of the Pļaviņas area citizens in the Baltic Way 20 years ago – photographic albums, press materials and materials of the local history studies.
Organizer: Pļaviņas Area Library
Time: 17 – 23 August
Venue: Pļaviņas area libraries: Pļaviņas Area Library, Klintaine Library, Gosiņi Library, Vietalva Library.
Contact person: Ināra Osīte, head of the Pļaviņas Area Library, 65134358, email:
Website: www.plavinunovads.lv
Saulkrasti: Campaign “The Baltic Way is 20”
On 23 August at 19:00 Saulkrasti area municipal agency “Saulkrasti Culture Centre” invited everyone to the city centre (by the chemist’s shop, on the crossing of the Raiņa and Ainažu streets) to honour the 20th Anniversary of the Baltic states’ unity and once again join hands. The event continued in the Town Hall Garden (Domes dārzs) by bonfires, where people remembered the emotional time and sang the most beautiful and melodious songs of the Latvian spirit.
Organizer: Municipal agency “Saulkrasti Culture Centre”
Time: 23 August at 19:00
Venue: Saulkrasti Town centre (by the chemist’s shop on the crossing of the Raiņa and Ainažu streets); Town Hall Garden (Domes dārzs).
Contact person: Judīte Krūmiņa, MA “Saulkrasti Culture Centre”, +37167954179, e-mail
judite.krumina@saulkrasti.lv and www.saulkrasti.lv
Smiltene: Campaign “The Baltic Way is 20”
• Remembrance event “The Baltic Way is 20” - the event included the opening of the exhibition "The Monument to Freedom" by photography artist Guna Oškalne-Vējiņa (20 August – 10 October)
Time: 20 August at 18:00
Venue: Valka Local History Museum
Organizer: Valka District Council and Valka Local History Museum.
Contact person: Meldra Cimdiņa, museum director, +37164781199
• Exhibition “The Baltic Way – symbol of unity of the Baltic Republics” - the Baltic Way in books and press releases was exhibited.
Venue: Valka City Library
Time: 4 August – 4 September.
Organizer: Valka City Library
Contact person: Ruta Garsele, library specialist, 64723672.
Valmiera: Exhibition „The Baltic Way is 20”
Venue: European Union Information Point of Valmiera, Valmiera Library
Contact person: Malva Šķēle, +37164207226,
Valmiera district Ķoņi municipality: Unveiling of the Latvian – Estonian border remembrance sign, concert dedicated to 20 years of the Baltic Way. Author of the monument: sculptor Andris Dunkurs. Organizers: Naukšēni area Ķoņi municipality administration in partnership with local government of Karksi in Estonia.
Time: 23 August at 17:00
- Opening
- Unveiling of the remembrance sign
- Speeches
- Concert: singer Ieva Akurātere, Tõnis Mägi from Estonia and performances of local amateur art groups.
- Bonfire
- Sing-along and dance-along
Presidents of both countries, former leaders of the Popular Front, other authorities and people who care about the freedom, independence and better future of our countries, were invited to the celebration.
Contact person: Leo Liiber, Karksi municipality,
Maruta Krastiņa, Naukšēni area Ķoņi municipality administration, oniete@inbox.lv, +37128858719, +37164263331
Ventspils: Concert “Memoria Serena” - chamber choir “Ventspils” and soloists, under the guidance of Ivars Cinkus in an a capella programme performed compositions by Machault, Josquin, Dowland, Martell, Bach, Schubert, Mahler. Organizer: Ventspils Culture Centre. Time: 23 August at 16:00.
Venue: Evangelical Lutheran Nicholas Church
Contact person: director of the Ventspils Culture centre Valda Gulbe, +37163621200,

5. „The Baltic Way” in the media

Marking the fall of the Iron Curtain by opening a website
Marking the 20th anniversary since the fall of the Iron Curtain, the European Commission has created a website
www.europa1989-2009.eu. Through audio files and photographs one may look back at the events 20 years ago, that gave a head start to the Central and Eastern Europe states’ course to the European Union (EU).
The project has released a CD “Sound of Revolution” (“Revolūcijas skaņa”) also called a soundtrack of the fall of Iron Curtain – 20 songs from the countries, where the communist regime collapsed 20 years ago. From Latvia, there are “Dzimtā valoda” (“Native language”) by Līvi and “Manai tautai” (“To my nation”) by Ieva Akurātere. The CD also contains the anthem of the Baltic Way, “Atmostas Baltija” (“The Baltic awakes”).
All songs can already be heard on
www.europa1989-2009.eu and expected to be available for download from September. The website also provides news on the most important events in the Baltic states at the end of 1980s and in the beginning of the 1990s, that paved  the way towards the EU.
The website’s calendar (planned to be constantly updated) brings news about the events in Europe, dedicated to the 20th Anniversary of the beginning of democratic change.

TV3 film cycle “Return to Europe. Latvia 1988-2008” (July 27 – August 2)
Seven documentaries about historical turning-points, everyday human life and a mosaic of shared memories in Latvia’s history from 1988 to 2008. Films was broadcasted on TV3 on weekdays at 20.50 and at weekends at 20.20.
Contact person: Ivars Bušmanis, European Commission Representation in Latvia, +37167085414,

Interesting articles about the Baltic Way:
• Ojārs Kalniņš “Where there’s a Wall, there’s a Way”
Article on the website “1989-2009 Europe, Whole and Free”, in section “Your memories”.
Read more:
• Sandra Kalniete „The Baltic Way fulfilled”
“Three national  movements knew how to implement the Baltic Entente idea of the first Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zigfrids Meirovics. Henceforth, all the significant actions or decisions were mutually agreed upon. The highest manifestation of this concord became the Baltic Assembly, which gathered for the first time on 14 and 15 May, 1989 in Tallinn. The Assembly accepted the Declaration on the Rights of the Baltic Nations, Declaration of the Economic Independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Resolution on Stalinist Crimes and Call to Conference on Security and Co-operation country leaders, Secretary General of UNO and the Chairperson of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Council. [..] Henceforward, the Baltic Council, founded within the Assembly, spoke to the world on behalf of our three nations. Until the regaining of independence, seven meetings of the Baltic Council were held. It was the Baltic Council which encouraged to join hands in the Baltic Way on August 23, so that this unprecedented action would remind the world that the Baltic states still remain victims of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact, signed 50 years ago.”
Read more:
• Ivars Godmanis „About the 31 May  Appeal of the Board of the Popular Front of Latvia.” Atmoda. 24 July, 1989, page 2
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20th Anniversary of the Baltic Way in Lithuania, 17- 23 August 2009

17- 23 August Paragliders flight: „Baltic Way in the Sky“. The start on 17 August at 12.00 (midday), from the Vilnius - Ukmergė motor-way(17th km)
21 August
10.00  Cathedral Square, Vilnius.The 18th International relay race „The Baltic Way“
23 August
08.45–09.00 The Baltic Assembly torch lit in Pasvalys city Valley of Crosses
09.55–10.00 The Baltic Assembly torch lit in Panevėžys city Central Square
11.20–11.35 The Baltic Assembly torch lit in Ukmergė city Central Square
13.15–14.00 On the Independence Square close to the Lithuanian Seimas meeting the lit torch
14.45  Opening of the exhibition in the Lithuanian Seimas lobby, dedicated to 20th anniversary of the Baltic Way
15.30  Baltic Way commemorative meeting at the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania (Seimas) in the Hall of March the 11th (Kovo 11-osios salė)
18.30  Commemorative meeting and concert on the Cathedral Square
19.00  While the song „Ärgake Baltimmaad, Atmostas Baltija,Bunda jau Baltija“ is sung (broadcast on National TV and Radio, 1st Programme) all through Lithuania people join their hands
23 August
16.00–19.00 People of Lithuania, from cities, villages and regions assemble at the appointed locations (mainly close to the erected wayside shrines and celebrate 20th anniversary of the Baltic Way).

The events were coordinated by Angonita Rupšytė, Member and Secretary of the Commission for Research of History of Re-establishment of the State of Lithuania and Commemoration of Remembrance Dates; Head of the Office of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania Unit for History and Commemoration of Parliamentarianism (Tel.: +370 5 2396119; mob. tel.: +370 616 19252, E-mail: anrups@lrs.lt)


  • County museums are collecting memories, photos and objects connected to the Baltic Way. Järvamaa Museum welcomes written memories and photos by 15 August. Additional information: Elle Närep, elle@jarvamaamuuseum.ee. Harjumaa museum has extended the deadline until 1. October 2009. Additional information: liisi.taimre@hmk.ee
  • The entries on the theme Baltic Way submitted to the children's computer drawing competition "My Estonia" are available online. The competition was organized by Estonian Education and Science Data Communication Network EENet. Please visit the entries at: http://joonistaja.eenet.ee/konkurss/2008.html
  • OÜ Videomeedia made a new documentary "The Laurels of the Baltics" in August 2009. The documentary was made at the request of Tallinn City Government by the winners of the previous conceptual contest. The premiere is envisaged during the festival in September in Tallinn. Additional information: Anu Kivilo ( Anu.Kivilo@tallinnlv.ee ), Head of Tallinn Cultural Heritage Department.
  • On 17 August at 15.00 Estonian Film Archives invited everyone to enjoy a film program and a photo exhibition dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Baltic Way. In addition to the photos and documentary film made in 1989 by Tallinnfilm that now form a part of the Memory of the World International Register, the film program included a fragment of a film on Estonian history that describes the years 1939-1944 and a film by A. Sööt "The year of a Dragon" (1989). 
  • Estonian Heritage Society recalled the activities of the Black Ribbon Day of 1986 which was initiated to raise awareness about the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. On 19 August at 16.00 an exhibtion introducing historical posters, letters, pins, photos etc was opened in the premises of Estonian Heritage Society (Pikk 46). The exhibited items were from a private collection of Markus Hess, Museum of Occupations, Museum of Estonian Struggle for Liberty and Estonian Heritage Society. Additional information: Jaan Tamm (jaan@muinsuskaitse.ee ), Chairman of Estonian Heritage Society.  
  • Estonia marked 23 August as a day of commemoration for the victims of Nazism and communism for the first time as a national holiday.
  • On 23 August at 12.00 a conference was held in the Museum of Occupations to mark the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Appeal. On 23 August 1979 45 Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian citizens signed a public letter to the General Secretary of the UN, to USSR, to West Germany, to East Germany and to signatories of the Atlantic Charter. The Baltic Appeal, sent on the 40th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, demanded the pact's and its secret protocols' public disclosure. Mart Niklus, Endel Ratas, Enn Tarto and Erik Udam were among the signatories from Estonia.
  • On 23 August at 19.00 Lera Auerbachi's Russian requiem was performed at Noblessner Valukoda/Nargen Festival Hall in Tallinn. The text of the requiem is a combination of prayers and texts of repressed Russian poets. With this performance Nargen Festival marked the day of commemoration for the victims of Nazism and communism and the 20th anniversary of the Baltic Way.
  • On 23 August an annual commemorative event of Molotov-Ribbentrop pact was held in Hirvepark, Tallinn.
  • Festival Awakening will be held in Tallinn in September. This year the festival will be dedicated to the Baltic Way. Documentaries on the Baltic Way made in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and elsewhere will be shown. In the framework of the festival the premiere of the new documentary made with the support of Tallinn City Government "The Laurels of the Baltics" (director Toomas Lepp, script-writer Mati Talvik) is envisaged. Additional information: Anu Kivilo ( Anu.Kivilo@tallinnlv.ee ), Head of Tallinn Cultural Heritage Department.
  • On 17-18 September 2009 Estonian Foreign Policy Institute organizes a conference titled "Honest History- Basis of Democracy". The conference focuses on the battle for making public the secret protocol of Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and declaring it null and void. Additional information: Andres Kasekamp,( andres.kasekamp@ut.ee ) Foreign Policy Institute.