Remembering the past is important as a means to honor those who excelled in humanity or heroism, to commemorate those who fell victim to repression or terror and to help society in the process of healing. Some, however, argue that it is also important to learn to forget, or feel that the past is so painful that it should not be visible in public space.
In 2007 Andrii and Valeriia had their first joint performance. Since then the “Duo Sonoro” gave concerts in Ukraine, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, and Poland. Among the mentors, who had a significant impact on development of the ensemble, are violinists Andrej Bielow, Philip Setzer, Johannes Meissl, Gyorgy Pauk, Peter Schuhmayer and pianists Tatiana Arsenicheva, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Robert Kulek, Martha Gulyas. The duo won prizes of international chamber music competitions in Plovdiv(Bulgaria, 2017), Salieri-Zinetti (Italy, 2016), Johannes Brahms (Austria, 2015), Stasys Vainiunas (Lithuania, 2014) and Dmytro Bortniansky(Ukraine, 2012).
The core of the conference program will be a one-and-a-half day conference at the Lithuanian President’s Office bringing together politicians and experts who put the July 29 Treaty in a wider socio-political context and in their presentations reflect on the main theme of the meeting. Lithuanian and Russian politicians are joined by two dozen former diplomats, political scientists and other experts from a dozen countries who will discuss the inter-State relations in three sessions: past, present, and future.
The work of the Andrei Sakharov Research Center is in 2021 particularly busy due to the fact that in 2020 events had to be postponed because of COVID-19 restrictions. In 2021 we will focus on the Andrei Sakharov Centennial (lasting from May 2021 until May '22) and the postponed Leonidas Donskis Conference on “Difficult Dilemma’s – the Role of Public Space and Museums in Remembering the Past”.
The month of May 2021 will be a “Sakharov Month” with a series of public activities. This includes a Sakharov exhibition in Vilnius (May 4-28), two film screenings (on May 10 and May 21), a Sakharov Birthday Concert (May 14) and the Sixth International Sakharov Hearings (May 13-15).
A typescript journal, the Chronicle of Current Events (Хроника Текущих Собитии) was produced every 2-4 months in Moscow by the human rights movement in the USSR. It offers a unique, uncensored and continuous account of life inside the Soviet Union from 1968 to 1982. Starting with reports from Moscow and Leningrad the periodical’s network of contacts and sources of information expanded over the following 15 years until it regularly included about human rights violations (the persecution of believers, the identity of those imprisoned for their beliefs in prisons, labour camps and psychiatric hospitals) from Ukraine, Lithuania, Armenia and other parts of the USSR.
The Andrei Sakharov Research Center contributes to the development of a pluralist and democratic society in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
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