Since the lockdown has changed the way Christmas will be celebrated this year, Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, invites its residents to engage in a festive yet safe Christmas balcony decorating initiative. I am the author of the project 'Quarantine Portraits' part one and two. Which captured the world’s interest during the first lockdown. I teamed up with Vilnius City Municipality to present the initiative - “Christmas on the Balconies” - aimed at inspiring Lithuanians to showcase their ingenuity and enforce a sense of togetherness under the current conditions.

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Vilnius Moves Christmas To Balconies To Celebrate Holidays In Safe Way

Creator: Jolita Vaitkutė
Photo: Adas Vasiliauskas

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Night Owl
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1 year ago

My cat would climb up

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In light of the extension of the second lockdown in Lithuania, I welcome the artists and the residents of Vilnius to let their imagination shine through the quarantine restrictions and make festivities especially safe by decorating an unexpected area of their home—their balconies. We aspire to demonstrate that holidays can transgress their traditional aspect and that there are safe alternatives to all-family events.

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Vilnius Moves Christmas To Balconies To Celebrate Holidays In Safe Way

Creator: Kotryna Čalkaitė
Photo: Adas Vasiliauskas

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Losferatu
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1 year ago

Beautiful art

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Vilnius Moves Christmas To Balconies To Celebrate Holidays In Safe Way

Creator: Rūta Karalyte, Dovilė Lukoševičiūtė
Photo: Adas Vasiliauskas

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Tiny Dancer
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1 year ago

Very striking on its own in the first pic, but what a terrific juxtaposition with the stunning plague bird thingy mural next to it.

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Since the first project was inspired by the newly-formed quarantine reality, I wanted to make the second lockdown more in tune with the holidays. My first project involved taking pictures of people in fun situations on their balconies and through their windows during the first lockdown. So for the Christmas season, I wanted to create something festive yet safe. By inviting the citizens to decorate their balconies as originally as possible, I wanted people to unleash their fantasies and see this as an opportunity to show the world that celebrations and fun are not over even in a pandemic.

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Vilnius Moves Christmas To Balconies To Celebrate Holidays In Safe Way

Creator: Adas Vasiliauskas
Photo: Adas Vasiliauskas
The sign says: You can't hide Christmas under a mask.

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Tiny Dancer
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1 year ago

Creative and inspiring, bravo! You can't hide Christmas under a mask. My new motto for the month.

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Vilnius Moves Christmas To Balconies To Celebrate Holidays In Safe Way

Creator: Nauris DA
Photo: Adas Vasiliauskas

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Diane Crawford
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1 year ago

Something the USA needs to see. People working for a beautiful world through art and faith.

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The project was launched by presenting 8 balconies decorated by artists in various neighborhoods of Vilnius. One of the balconies decorated by me features a face mask with a protruding Christmas tree. Another artist, Kotryna Čalkaitė, designed a balcony with a colorful Christmas forest containing a reindeer, a rabbit, and a crow. The joint creation by Rūta Karalytė and Dovilė Lukoševičiūtė displays a Christmas tree made of neon strings cascading down two balconies.

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Vilnius Moves Christmas To Balconies To Celebrate Holidays In Safe Way

Creator: Domas Ignatavičius
Photo: Adas Vasiliauskas

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Dorothy Parker
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1 year ago

Fantastic! It somehow lightens my heart.

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Vilnius Moves Christmas To Balconies To Celebrate Holidays In Safe Way

Creator: Aistis Kavaliauskas
Photo: Adas Vasiliauskas

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PKMN Trainer Link
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1 year ago

I love that

Jolita Vaitkutė has put up impressive decorations on the balcony of Hostel Jamaika in Vilnius Old Town. She wanted to shake the usual understanding of traditional items and festivities: “The idea of a bent-over Christmas tree was born out of the life-changing global events of 2020. I put an animal completely unfamiliar in Lithuania—a pangolin—which was thought to be a plausible cause of this entire pandemic situation. Rays flashing out of its eyes symbolize the whims of nature which we cannot control,” Jolita Vaitkutė shares the concept of her creation.

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Vilnius Moves Christmas To Balconies To Celebrate Holidays In Safe Way

Creator: Jurga Marcinauskitė
Photo: Adas Vasiliauskas

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SassyUnicornGirl317
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1 year ago

So pretty!

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