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November 23-25, 2018

November 23-25, 2018

November 23-25, 2018

November 23-25, 2018


The Baltic American Society of New England and the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian communities in Boston will host a weekend full of events to recognize and honor the 100-year milestone since these Baltic countries established themselves as independent nations. Throughout their history, these small nations have always been able to sustain their individual cultural and linguistic identities. It is with great appreciation, pride and joy that we have come together to bring this weekend-long Centennial event to Boston. We hope that you will be able to join in the events we have planned!

The Baltic Centennial in Boston 2018 will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Copley Square, Boston from November 23-25, 2018. The Centennial will include music and dance performances, film screenings, honorary speakers, panel discussions, art exhibits, a marketplace of Baltic goods, and a grand gala banquet.

Please mark your calendars and share the Centennial dates with your friends and family! Thank you for joining us – this will be an historic and grand Baltic Centennial!


Highlights for the Baltic Centennial in Boston 2018 include international experts presenting talks about Baltic affairs, engaging panel discussions, a Baltic film festival, a cultural art exhibit, performances by choirs and dancers, and Gala Banquet on Saturday evening.

Please continue to check here for updates as we finalize our exciting program.

Speakers and panel discussions

Inspiring thinkers and leaders from the three Baltic nations will share their experiences on what is happening right now in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania and talk about what we can expect to see develop in the coming years.

Film festival

The Baltic Film Festival, a first in Boston, will present two full days of the latest award-winning films from Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian directors. Feature films, documentaries and films for children will be available from 10am to 10pm on Friday, November 23rd and Saturday, November 24th, 2018. Read more . . .

Concert series

We are proud to announce that one of our main stage groups is the highly acclaimed Vilnius City Municipality St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra (artistic director and conductor Donatas Katkus), widely known for its universality, professionalism, and artistic imagination not only in Lithuania but also abroad. www.kristoforas.lt Read more . . .

Traveling exhibit

The Estonian Republic 100 Exhibition will travel to Boston and will be on display at the Rose Kennedy Greenway in November and December 2018. The installation, designed by the architectural firm KOKO will display an overview of Estonian history, culture, and people during the last 100 years. Boston will be its last stop as it travels through North America and the EU in 2018. Read more...


Learn more about each country and how they celebrate the centennial independently

Lithuania will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its independence on February 16, 2018, closely followed by Estonia on February 24, 2018, and then Latvia will celebrate on November 18, 2018.


What is the meaning of Lithuania’s Centennial Celebration?

Lithuania's experience with statehood actually stretches back to the 13th century. Her first king was crowned in 1253. Subsequent rulers expanded their domain to include Byelorussia and Ukraine. This state was called the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. In 1569 Lithuanians entered into an alliance with the kingdom of Poland, creating the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, at that time the largest state in Europe.

The federation was divided up in 1795 by imperial Russia, Prussia and Austria. After more than 500 years of self-rule, Lithuanians became a subjugated nation, their country became a province of the Russian empire. For 120 years the Russian empire tried unsuccessfully to eradicate Lithuanian patriotism. Several revolts, various clandestine operations, including an underground press, culminated in the blossoming of Lithuanian patriotism in the late nineteenth century.

On February 16, 1918, a select group of Lithuanian leaders declared Lithuania’s intention to regain statehood in the form of a democracy. The establishment of this democracy, the re-establishment of self-rule, the regaining of independence – this is what Lithuanians are commemorating during this Centennial celebration.