|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
Successful Vegetarian Festival in Vilnius/Lithuania
At the end of November 1996 the Centre of Vedic Studies and Translations and the Healthy Town Project of the Vilnius Municipality organised the "Festival of Discoveries".
The purpose of the festival was to promote vegetarianism in Lithuania by uniting ideas, establishing the basis for the scientific and ethical reasons for a vegetarian nutrition, by making people aware of the huge heritage of various vegetarian cultures and religions of the world and by making known a natural and healthy way of life. The festival, which was subsidised by many sponsors, was a big success: up to 600 people were present at the various events.
On the 20th of November there was already an art exhibition about India, "Colours of India", by the famous Lithuanian artist Saulius Kruopis.
The Congress started on November 23 with the lectures of two well-known vegetarian poets: Vytautas Bloze and Nijole Miliauskaite. It went on with several lectures :
On Sunday 24, the program started with a children’s theatre, whose director is a strict vegetarian.
In the evening about 600 mostly young people gathered to listen to various rock concerts and Indian music. Everybody was offered a piece of a gigantic cake (about 250kg) and several other dishes, all prepared excellently by "Hare Krishna Food for Life".
The festival was a wonderful event with a lot of new contacts, friends, ideas and information. We are thinking of having another festival in a year or two.
A "Thank you!" to all, who helped to make the event such a success, especially to Alma Siaudiniene, for her excellent contribution.