Countdown until Vilnius’ 700th birthday celebration


The city of Vilnius, led by mayor Remigijus Šimašius, will celebrate its 700th anniversary next year.

The capital of Lithuania has already begun it’s countdown until it’s 700th historical anniversary. 

The countdown has begun with the lighting of a clock that is uniquely designed and located in the city center as a symbolic, 7 metres high installation.

Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius lit up the clock and launched a 4.5-meter-tall light man during the Light Festival, along with a hot-air balloon, music and lights show. 

The installation will be reminding the guests and the residents of the city of how many days are left till the grand anniversary and other birthday-related events in 2023. The official history of Vilnius began in 1323 when Gediminas, the Grand Duke of Lithuania, mentioned the city for the first time in one of his letters, dated January 25th, to foreign merchants and craftsmen. Every year, the city celebrates its history by organizing an amazing show to mark this important event. 

This was a great start to a countdown. The city was completely illuminated, including the city streets, parks, and squares.  There were 22 different installations across the city which were made by artists from Lithuania, Australia, Canada, Spain, the Netherlands and France.

It was a unique and fun experience for the citizens because the launch of the countdown was also accompanied by the hot air balloon show, music and lights show “700-Year Legend of Vilnius,” where the balloons took advantage of fire, color, and music to tell the story of the city and its history. 

This show was also held on the ground to allow the spectators to admire the visual and acoustic performance and enjoy every detail of the show.

“Although Vilnius will be 700 years old, both the city and its residents are the true embodiment of youthful curiosity, ingenuity, determination, and passion. 2023 will be a special year for Vilnius, therefore we invite everyone from all around the globe to come to our city, join us in celebrations, and experience the magic themselves”, said mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius. (photo credit: Olga Posaskova)