Vilnius multinational – streets named after Kartveli, Albanian, Kurdish, Azeris and other nations


15 streets of Naujoji Vilnia have been named after Vaals (Valų), Kartvelis (Kartvelų), Gaels (Galų), Kurdish (Kurdų), Azeris (Azerių), and Albanians (Albanų). Vilnius already has streets of Icelandic (Islandijos), Russian (Rusų), Jewish (Žydų), Tartar (Totorių), German (Vokiečių), Dutch (Olandų), Polish (Lenkų), Latvian (Latvių) and many other nations. The streets named after the European and world nations are particularly liked in one of the new residential quarters in Vilnius, i.e. Kalnėnai. It seems that at the initiative of the Turkish Embassy, a Turkish street will shortly find its way here too.

‘Proud of its diversity, the multicultural Vilnius continues its beautiful tradition – another six streets will be named after the world nations, next to the others of their kind in the same locality. While in the centre of the city, you will see 8 of them with the signs containing the names of the streets written in the relevant authentic language. I am pleased that this tradition is spreading across the city’, said Audronis Imbrasas, Chairman of the Commission for the names of city areas, memorial plaques and monuments of the City of Vilnius.

Vilnius will soon have an alley named after Sigitas Geda. Until now, the alley in Justiniškės has stood nameless. The initiators are Justiniškės District, together with the local community and the Lithuanian Writers Union. They are happy to have their idea come true, as Sigitas Geda used to live in this district and has dedicated a few poems to it. The official opening of the alley is scheduled for September, during the community celebration.

There will also be newly named streets in the districts of Antakalnis (Saulašarių), Naujininkai (Karuziškių), Paneriai (Lukonių, Rūdos), Pašilaičiai (Giesvės), Verkiai (Palemono, Kerniaus), Naujamiestis (Vlado Putvinskio-Pūtvio).