Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania and the largest state in the Baltics. Its population of just over half a million composed of several ethnic groups is indicative of the rich history of being geographically positioned at the crossroads between Northern, Eastern and Central Europe.
Vilnius was witnessing foreign control as the map of Europe evolved: once being part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, being occupied by Germany during the First and Second World Wars, and , finally, until 1990 being under control of the Soviet Union. History has laid its marks on the architecture of the city prominent for Baroque, Gothic, and Rococo features. Thus the Old Town of Vilnius was declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1994. Jewish influence and lively mood of the city being away from the European mainstreams еncountered by Napoleon in 1812 made him to name the city “Jerusalem of the North”.
Since Lithuania’s regaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1990 Vilnius has been successfully transforming into a regional leader. Creative industries of the city has been benefitting from its strategic position between some of the major urban areas of Northern and Eastern Europe. At the same time, Vilnius is reputed for the biggest Lithuania’s education and social infrastructure harboring over two thirds of Lithuanian creative industries (CI’s) and causing the city to grow at its fastest pace in the Baltic region.
The mainstream Vilnius CI’s are as follows:
- Creative services: advertising, engineering activities and architecture;
- Audiovisual activities: television programming and broadcasting, movies, PR and communication, movies, videos and TV programmes;
- Books and media: newspapers, books and magazines publishing;
- New media: computer programming and internet portals;
- Traditional cultural activities: performing arts, amusement and recreation, library and museum activities.
The more the economy of Lithuania and Eastern Europe expands, the bigger the demand for CI’s in the region, directly benefitting Vilnius, is. The City of Vilnius is working hard to catch up with the growing world economy by elaborating its transport infrastructure, especially focusing on improving access to the city by air, and is on the way to becoming a major regional hub for CI’s. Vilnius generates over 11.8 billion EUR in GDP, which accounts for 40 per cent of Lithuania’s GDP. Of all operating CI sector companies in Lithuania in 2009, almost half (47.8%) were in Vilnius.
The capital places an emphasis on smart high-tech solutions resulting in the fastest internet speeds in the world, the first public electric bike “rent &share” system, and an extensive amount of online and mobile services for its citizens. Vilnius also aspires to take a lead in bio-tech, laser and solar energy technologies.
Diverse cultural projects and events foster the artistic and entrepreneurial spirit in the city and vice versa. Vilnius vast green areas, cleanest well-water meeting the highest world quality standards and freshest air make it a healthy and comfortable place to live and make business in.
Vilnius is a city glowing with creativity and inspiration!
Vilnius City Municipality Website – www.vilnius.lt
Smart Vilnius Project – www.vilnius.lt/l.php?tmpl_into=middle&tmpl_name=m_article_view&article_id=4956
Vilnius Festivals – www.vilniusfestivals.lt
Arts Printing House – www.menuspaustuve.lt
Užupis Art Incubator – www.umi.lt
Lithuanian Union of Architects – www.lietuvosarchitektusajunga.lt
Lithuanian Designers Society – www.ldis.lt
KOMA-A – www.koma.lt
Mediapolis – digital creative industries association – Mediapolis.lt
Ms. VERONIKA JARUŠEVIČIUTĖ
Education, Culture and Sport Department of the Vilnius City Municipal Government Administration
+370 613 22109
Mr. ANTON NIKITIN
Public Relations Division of the Vilnius City Municipality
+370 5 211 2737