The 22nd International Philosophy Olympiad 2014 in Lithuania is officially open!

The opening ceremony of the Olympiad yesterday took place at the City Hall of Vilnius. Lithuanian Vice-Minister of Science and education Svetlana Kauzonienė welcomed everyone in Lithuania and whished good luck at the Olympiad. Vice-minister drew attention that in complicated political situation as we are facing today, the Olympiad is dedicated to one of the famous philosophers of dialogue – Emmanuel Levinas.

Welcoming speeches were also given by IPO 2014 President Jūratė Baranova, the President of Lithuanian Philosophy Teachers Association professor Rita Šerpytytė and President of FISP William McBride.

Later in the ceremony delegations from participating countries showed up on the scene and represented themselves. Teams from 41 different countries came to Vilnius this year. It is the biggest amount of participants in the history of Olympiad. There are delegations from Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Guatemala, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, The Republic of Korea, Latvia, Macedonia, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA and, of course, Lithuania.

The opening ceremony was full of great mood and applause. All the delegations appreciated opportunity to participate in the Olympiad and to visit Lithuania as well. The participants and guests also could enjoy the performance of young musicians from Balys Dvarionas music school.

Photo gallery of the opening ceremony