LRT has announced that the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre will be illuminated for Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light.
Lithuania is the first nation to reveal the monument that it will be lighting up as part of Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light on May 16. The Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Vilnius is to be illuminated in various coloured lights to feature as part of a segment in the show called ‘Europe Shine a Landmark’.
The LNOBT was opened in 1974 and is operated by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture. The Lithuanian Head of Delegation explained:
The organizers of the special Eurovision broadcast thought that it would be nice for each contestant to light up a recognisable object in the capital in the dark. We thought that the Opera and Ballet Theater was very beautifully connected with this idea – from darkness to light.
After all, it is a cultural hearth where music was constantly played, but when the pandemic broke out, the theater went out and everything fell silent, as this year’s Eurovision also fell silent.
Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light will be broadcast live across Europe on May 16 hosted by Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit. The show will pay tribute to the forty one acts who had been due to compete in Eurovision 2020 and feature past Eurovision participants. The show will also look at the people of Europe affected by the coronavirus and aid workers who are fighting this crisis.
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Lithuania debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, however on their debut they finished in last place with nul points. Lithuania didn’t return to the contest until 1999 when Aiste finished 20th with the song “Strazdas”. Lithuania’s best result came in 2006 when LT United performed “We Are The Winners”; they finished 6th in the final with a total of 162 points. Lithuania’s only other top 10 finish came in 2016 when Donny Montell performed “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night” in Stockholm, he received 12 points from the public in Ireland, Norway & United Kingdom.