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1988-2013.

Lithuanian Karaim Cultural Society was established in 1988. Since then our organization has implemented many projects for preservation and promotion of Karaim culture with support of Lithuanian governmental organisations (Department for national minorities, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Culture, Culture foundation), Open Society Fund Lithuania, institutions from other countries (Swedish Institute, Uppsala university, Finnish cultural foundation, Turkish Presidency for Turks abroad), several municipalities, Lithuanian Karaim religious community, private persons, scientists.

In our activities we cooperate with Karaim communities in Poland, Russia and Ukraine, and always strive to foster our contacts with Lithuanian people and other national minorities in Lithuania. Some reflections on present situation of the community and its culture are presented in interview of Karina Firkaviciute, chair of Lithuanian Karaim Cultural Society, given to Goethe-Institut Vilnius

This is the list of main activities implemented by Lithuanian Karaim cultural society:

 

1988

1st public performance of Karaim folklore (Vilnius, Palace of Trade unions)

1988-1990

Lithuanian TV and radio programs on Karaim culture and traditions, cultural events at Vilnius House of Scientists and Vilnius Art Palace

1989

1st international congress of Karaim communities in Trakai (Karaims from Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, France)

1990

visit to the 7th congress of Polish Karaims (Warsaw) – presentations, concerts

1990-1991

studies on cultural heritage of Lithuanian Karaims, preparatory documentation for registration, revitalisation of tangible and intangible assets, including plans for restauration of Vilnius kenesa

1991-1993

works on restauration of Vilniaus kenesa

1991

international scientific conference in honour of Karaim highest spiritual leader Hachan Hadji Seraya Han Shapshal (1873-1961) to commemorate 30th anniversary of his  decease (Vilnius University)

1991

exhibition ‘Karaims in Panevezys’ (together with Panevezys city history museum)

1991- 1992

documentary ‘Lithuania is not Crimea’ (together with Lithuanian public TV channel)

1992

restored Lithuanian Karaim religious community, registration of its statutes, election of spiritual leader, religious board of the community and president of the community

conference in honour of Simon Firkovich (1897-1982), senior spiritual leader of Lithuanian Karaims to commemorate 10th anniversary of his decease (in Trakai)

1993

international scientific conference in honour of prof. Ananiasz   ZajÄ…czkowski (1903-1970) to commemorate his  90th birth anniversary  (Vilnius, together with Lithuanian Tartar community) 

consecration of Vilnius kenesa

1994

publication of the volume ‘Kipchak Turks in Lithuania’  (Vilnius)

1995 – 1996

visits to Panevezys, Birzai, Naujamiestis meeting local Karaim people, presentation of Karaim culture at the municipality of Panevezys,  concert

1997

celebration of 600 year anniversary of Karaims and Tartars settling in Lithuania (conference, official ceremony, festivities and concerts in Trakai, publication of commemorative coin, several book publications)

1998

exhibition of Hadji Seraya Han Shapshal archive in the Library of Lithuanian Academy of Sciences (Vilnius)

establishment of Karaim folklore group ‘Sanduhac’ (children and youth)

1999

exhibition of Hadji Seraya Han Shapshal archive in the National museum of Lithuania (Vilnius)

1999-2001

preparation and launch of information on Karaims at Virtual exhibition of Lithuanian cultural heritage http://alka.mch.mii.lt/karaimai/index_en.htm 

2000

publication of an album on Hadji Seraya Han Shapshal historical collection (in cooperation with the National museum of Lithuania, Vilnius)

publication of a book ‘Karaims in military service’ (M. Zajonckovski) in cooperation with the National museum of Lithuania, Vilnius

International Karaim sport festival (Trakai)

International Scientific Turcological Conference dedicated to prof. Ananjasz Zajaczkowski (Ankara, in collaboration with Turkish language institute, Polish academy of sciences, Lithuanian and Polish embassies)

2002– 2003

summer activities for children and youth in Trakai

2003

study visit to Crimea

International scientific conference  ‘Karaim days’

(Warsaw, in cooperation with Polish Karaim association)

Documentary  ‘Karaim dreams’ (in cooperation with the Lithuanian public TV channel)  http://www.lrt.lt/mediateka/irasas/11079/karaimu_godos

2003-2005

project on digitalisation of Karaim video and audio archives

2004

commemoration of Mykolas Firkovicius (1924-2000), senior spiritual leader of Karaim community on the occasion of his 80th birth anniversary (Vilnius, The House of National Minorities)

collaboration with BBC and UNESCO in preparation of TV program on endangered  Karaim language     (Trakai, London)   

visit of Lithuanian Karaim delegation (53 persons) to Crimea to celebrate the reconsecration of Kenesa in Eupatorium

2005

international Karaim language study school (Trakai)

2006

international Karaim language study school (in cooperation with Crimean Karaim organisations,  Feodosia)

international Karaim language study school (Trakai)

2006-2007

international scientific conference dedicated to 610th anniversary of Karaims and Tartars settling in Lithuania (Vilnius, together with Lithuanian Tartars association)

international Karaim language study school (Trakai)

preparation and publication of our website www. karaim.eu  

2008

publication of  a book ‘Oriental people in the society of Lithuanian Grand Duchy : Karaims and Tartars’ (Vilnius)

international Karaim language study school (Trakai)

2009

concert tour of folklore group ‘Sanduhac’  to Turkey (Antalya)

international Karaim language study school (Trakai)

2010

international Karaim language study school (Trakai)

2011

international Karaim language study school (Trakai)

establishment of new Karaim youth folklore group “Birlik” (Vilnius, Trakai)

2012

10th international Karaim language study school (Trakai)

activities of folklore group ‘Birlik’ (concerts, trips, preparation of new program, costumes)

2013

international Karaim language study school (Trakai)

activities of folklore group ‘Birlik’

2014

international Karaim language study school

 

Till 2000 Karaim language lessons were organised on a smaller scale. In addition, every year some activities are presented for children on the New Year’s eve and  before the start of a new school season.


Website updated 2016.
 
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