An event for the ladies – By Laima Vaiga

Vilnius – In case you thought you knew Lithuania as an all-conservative country full of macho men, shy girls, and pride intolerance, think again. “Ladyfest Vilnius,” an alternative women’s culture festival that kicked off on April 27 this year, is organized in the name of equal rights, empowerment for women and girls, and global promotion of tolerance.

Ladyfest Vilnius offers a wide range program this year, including an exhibition, conference, various artistic workshops, films, concerts, self-defense and yoga lessons, orienteering games and other events. The project is part of the national program “Vilnius – European culture capital 2009” and is supported by a vast number of sponsors and associates, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Vilnius Art Academy, and – believe it or not – the Vilnius municipality.