- Title: Millions of flowers transform gardens into fantasyland in Lithuania
- Date: 13th July 2020
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (English) PAKRUOJIS MANOR SPECIALIST, VLADIMIR OVCENKO, SAYING: "We try to create here a place for love. So, Shakespeare is very well connected to this theme. All his plays, all his works are made, well, according to love." ACTORS PERFORMING (SOUNDBITE) (Latvian) VISITOR, GATIS BURNOVSKIS, SAYING: " We saw very nice pictures on Facebook and as it is close to us, about a hour or so to drive, we decided to visit this nice place and we do not regret it, it's very beautiful here." VARIOUS OF FLOWER SCULPTURE OF DONKEY PULLING FISHING NET (SOUNDBITE) (Latvian) VISITOR, GATIS BURNOVSKIS, SAYING: "We watched the performance and it inspired us to read and maybe watch some play." MEMBER OF MANOR'S STAFF SITTING DOWN WITH A BOOK, SMOKE COMING FROM WHERE SHE IS SITTING MEMBER OF MANOR STAFF HOLDING UP CONTAINER FOR VISITORS TO SMELL VISITOR POSING NEXT TO THE FLOWER SCULPTURE AND WALKING AWAY COUPLE WALKING THROUGH FLOWER GATE
- Embargoed: 27th July 2020 14:48
- Keywords: A Midsummer Night's Dream Lithuania Pakruojis Shakespeare flowers sculptures
- Location: PAKRUOJIS, LITHUANIA
- City: PAKRUOJIS, LITHUANIA
- Country: Lithuania
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA003CMN7Z21
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Sculptures composed of millions of flowers transformed the grounds of a Lithuanian manor into a fantasyland to the delight of visitors on Sunday (July 12).
The sculptures took inspiration from William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', featuring arches shaped like lovehearts and fantastical animals and figures.
Member of staff Vladimir Ovcenko said they had initially planned to use five million flowers, but due to the coronavirus pandemic had had to reduce it to two million.
As well as the fairy-tale floral displays, visitors watched actors staging scenes from Shakespeare's plays in the manor's grounds.
Visitor Gatis Burnovskis had travelled with his family from Latvia to visit the gardens. "It's very beautiful here" Burnovskis said, adding that he had been inspired to read or watch some more of Shakespeare's works.
(Production: Ints Kalnins, Lewis Macdonald, Natasa Bansagi)
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