On 4 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius conferred the highest amateur art award in Lithuania –“Aukso paukštė” (“The Golden Bird”) – on the Lithuanian dance group from Chicago “Grandis”.
“We are glad that Lithuanian dances are danced and songs are sung around the world. We are grateful to those of you, who establish Lithuanian folk art ensembles and groups far away from Lithuania, and participate in song and dance festivals, thus creating a Global Lithuania. It is symbolic and meaningful that in this year, which has been designated as the Year of World Lithuanians, we gather here today to celebrate the 60th anniversary of your dance group. This anniversary is of great importance to Lithuanianness,” said L. Linkevičius.
The Chicago area dance group “Grandis” was created in 1953. Its activities were once temporarily suspended, so the group celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2019.