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Festivals
 
The annual international rock festival “Rock Nights” has deep rock culture traditions and is also the biggest rock music festival in Lithuania.
The first time “Rock Nights” was held in 2003, near Plateliai lake. Bands from Latvia, Poland and Lithuania performed then.
But the festival became more and more popular every year. Growing number of participants and bands from all over the world showed that rock is not dead, that Lithuanians and the audience from the Baltic region love it! Five years later “Rock Nights” had  to  move to  a bigger place because it had expanded a lot. So the 6th “Rock Nights” invited rock lovers to a  more spacious and a really amazing Zarasas Lake island in Zarasai.
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The annual international rock festival “Rock Nights” has deep rock culture traditions and is also the biggest rock music festival in Lithuania.
The first time “Rock Nights” was held in 2003, near Plateliai lake. Bands from Latvia, Poland and Lithuania performed then.
But the festival became more and more popular every year. Growing number of participants and bands from all over the world showed that rock is not dead, that Lithuanians and the audience from the Baltic region love it! Five years later “Rock Nights” had  to  move to  a bigger place because it had expanded a lot. So the 6th “Rock Nights” invited rock lovers to a  more spacious and a really amazing Zarasas Lake island in Zarasai.
The fourth Tamsta Music festival invites all people who enjoy spending time with their friends in the nature and listening to great live music. One of the famous Lithuanian bands and most perspective players will be performing from 20 till 22 of July in Varėna’s woods located in  island in a lake “Dainų slėnis“ where you can hear different styles of music.
“Tamsta Music” is going to amaze audience not only with a guest from abroad. More than 20 Lithuanian bands will be performing at the festival, like Andrius Mamontovas, Leon Somov & Jazzu, Mantas, Monika Liu, Lemon Joy, The ball & Chain, G&G Sindikatas, Antis, ReedNoBrass and many others…
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The fourth Tamsta Music festival invites all people who enjoy spending time with their friends in the nature and listening to great live music. One of the famous Lithuanian bands and most perspective players will be performing from 20 till 22 of July in Varėna’s woods located in island in a lake “Dainų slėnis“ where you can hear different styles of music.
“Tamsta Music” is going to amaze audience not only with a guest from abroad. More than 20 Lithuanian bands will be performing at the festival, like Andrius Mamontovas, Leon Somov & Jazzu, Mantas, Monika Liu, Lemon Joy, The ball & Chain, G&G Sindikatas, Antis, ReedNoBrass and many others…
So just grab your friend, tent, dog and a sun hat, because Tamsta Music 2012 Festival is waiting for you!

mama_jazz_enThe colourful Vilnius Mama Jazz festival, which offers a variety of jazz styles, has been held in the capital since 2002. The musical line-ups have encompassed everything from all star projects to contemporary post-bop, live sound for silent cinema, and arrangements of Led Zeppelin music accompanied by cabbage soup flavour. Quality, originality, and relevance are the unifying factors defining the diversity of festival programmes.

The goal of the international jazz festival each year is to introduce interesting international jazz phenomena to Lithuanian audiences and to provide an environment for young artists to participate in national and international projects.

Over the nine years of the festival, musicians such as Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Bill Frisell, Marcus Miller, Christian McBride, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Medeski Martin & Wood, Dave Douglas, Wayne Shorter, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Chris Potter, Bill Evans, The Bad Plus, Victor Bailey, Joe McPhee, Chris Minh Doky, John Scofield, Bobby Previte, Dave Samuels, Billy Cobham, Gerald Clayton, Robert Glasper (USA), Peter Brotzmann (Germany), Miroslav Vita (Czech Republic) Jean Luc Ponty, Louis Sclavo, Erik Truffaz (France), Vienna Art Orchestra (Austria), Satoko Fujii (Japan), Copenhagen Art Ensemble (Denmark), Dennis Rollins, Gilad Atzmon, Jay Phelps (Great Britain) , Rosario Giuliani, Flavio Boltro (Italy), Eivind Aarset (Norway), and many other famous musicians have taken part.

While much of the festival programme is host to internationally renowned artists, the Vilnius Mama Jazz scene is also open to music that has not won prestigious Grammy trophies or received favourable Downbeat reviews. Among the great discoveries, we have had the inventive Quelques Fiers Mongols group, who gave a truly astonishing performance, the young French band OZMA that delivered a superb fresh take on traditional jazz, flautist Ronald Snijders from the Netherlands who had the festival audience dancing, not once but twice, or the French quartet PRINT whose mathematical and crystal-clear music are all an integral part of the festival.

Every year, Lithuanian musicians present new programmes specially devised for the Vilnius Mama Jazz scene. Both mature masters and young musicians have the opportunity to play at the international festival. Indeed many of them start their festival career as participants in night jam sessions.

Special attention is paid to creative young musicians at this international festival with the Vilnius Mama Jazz festival providing master classes with prominent musicians during the festival.

From 2011, the Vilnius Mama Jazz festival programme will include a performance by the winner of the International Piano Competition Jazz Improvisation Festival This year’s winner, Marijus Sūdžius, will open the tenth anniversary of the Vilnius Mama Jazz festival on November 16.

The Vilnius Mama Jazz festival tries not to set limits on the festival programme and so jazz giants, unexpected discoveries, nurtured national jazz and refreshing new names and new trends are all part of a single festival.

 

Seventh time in Palanga you have the possibility to see traditional “Palanga smelt “ festival. Which allure you with fried, picled and smoked fish, will introduce the fishing traditions from Palanga Bridge.
Fishermen festival „Palanga smelt ” will begin on Saturday, February 13th, the fourth time are organized smelt fishing competition from sea bridge, with traditional sam for fishermen and the guests.
All day in the J. Basanavičius street some fishermen will be waiting for you with fresh, scented cucumbers, just-baked or smoked, dried, singing, dancing, metal, molar and amber smelts, tasty fish soup.
Resort guests will be entertained by a concert “Fishermen folk melodies”, anchor handling, fishermen’s boat-drawn, smelt eating competitions.
In addition to delicious meals from the smelt, cafes will remember the old festival “Palanga Smelt” moments, watching a photography exhibition “Sea cucumbers“.
To taste fresh fish on Friday also will come Lithuanian “seals”. Early Saturday morning health lovers begin the training at the sea, will meet with health professionals, and at 3.00 p.m. all “seals” are going to swim in iced sea water.

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It is known for several years already that Kaunas has been entrusted to organise the festival of the New Hansa Union "Hansa Days" in 2011. It is great challenge both to the local government and to the townspeople. At that time, approximately 7 thousand spectators and participators of the event will gather together for a week, whom we will have to meet, accommodate, dine, coordinate and guarantee that they bring away best memories from the festival.

As the town expects for great challenge in 2011, it is decided to organise the town's anniversary and the international Hansa festival simultaneously. What is more, the town initiated the establishment of the new public institution "Hansa Kaunas 2011", the constituters of which are the town's government and the public institution "Hansa Kaunas 2011" that has been organising the local Kaunas medieval festivals since 2005.

The main task of the institution is to organise and supervise preparation for the international festival of the 2011s, i.e. modify the areas, take care of guests' accommodation, programme artistic part of the festival, find the sponsors, etc.

The place of the festival will be Kaunas Old Town. All suitable areas will become arenas for concerts spectacles and circus acts. Other spaces of the Old Town will be prepared for exhibitions under the open sky or for pavilions for introducing the town. It is also necessary to find a suitable place to gather Hansa conferences and traditional meetings of the union's representatives.

The purpose of the institution "Hansa Kaunas 2011" is to reason the townspeople into the fact that without their active participation and their own initiative it is impossible to organise an attractive event.

HANSA LEAGUE

The historic Hanseatic League was a trading town union initiated by North-German merchants. The union comprised approximately 70 cities and 130 towns. It extended its working area in 20 European countries and existed from the 13th till the 16th century. The Hanseatic League controlled major part of international trade in North Europe. The Hansa merchants supplied Western and Central Europe with goods from Northern and Eastern Europe, i.e. luxury goods, food and law material such as fur, wax, grain, fish, flax, hemp, wood and wood building material such as pitch, tar and galipot. From Western and Southern Europe to Northern and Eastern Europe they brought drapery, metalwork (esp.: arms) and spice.

The League was so powerful that it influenced a number of kingdoms economically, politically and culturally.

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Since the end of the 14th century, Lithuania's trading relationships with Königsberg and, especially, Danzig, which became the most popular of the Hanseatic towns in Northern and Eastern Europe, gets increasingly significant. It is known Lithuania and Danzig started their trading relationships already at the end of the 14th century. During Vytautas' term of office, Lithuania and Danzig maintained regular relationships. The waterway Nemunas - Kaunas Sea - Deimė - Prieglius - Aismarės - Vistula was the way transporting cheap staples from Lithuania to Danzig, which greatly profited the intermediates. In order to improve accessibility of cheap goods, by the advantageous Nemunas quay the Hanseatic counting-house was established. The main outbound goods were wax, fur, leather, wood, mould, tar, and, since the 15th century, grain. What Kaunas used to receive was other goods, such as salt, which could not be substituted, and also ironware and baize. The office was open till the middle of the 16th century, and these were the most glorious and the most venerable times of Western Europe's city Kaunas.

THE NEW HANSA UNION

The new Hansa Union was established in 1980. It is the organisation of economically and politically active member-cities of the old Hanseatic League that aim for close cooperation. At the moment, the organisation unites more than 170 European towns. The main goal of the union is to revive the idea of autonomy of the European TOWN, the idea being based on historical heritage and encouraging comprehensive cooperation of the member-towns. It will have influence on development of social cultural consciousness and on the exchange cultural, economical and political experience of the TOWNS. The new Hansa strives for contributing to economical, cultural, social and municipal unity in Europe in this way strengthening reciprocal understanding of the towns and the local governments. Such a vision of the Hanseatic organisation formed the priorities of the union's actions:

    • Public relations and common activities that highlight common affinity of the Hanseatic towns;
    • Cultural and traditional exchange;
    • Maintenance of economical and commercial contacts;
    • Youth involvement to the union's activities.

INTERNATIONAL HANSA DAYS

It is very important to all the member-TOWNS that they find themselves again as a part of the Hanseatic Union. It is of even greater importance that they maintain the idea and spread it wide. Therefore, Hansa decided to organise a festival - "The International Hansa Days" - to facilitate the task. Annually, one of the member-TOWNS is appointed the centre of the international Hansa Days; at that time, thousands of participators from the associate towns gather together there. Each town build up their pavilion and introduce their cultural, economical and social values according their means. The majority of the TOWNS not only take part in the international Hansa Days but also organise local Hansa festivals.

 

HANSEATIC FESTIVAL IN KAUNAS

Since 1991, Kaunas is the sole Lithuanian town that belongs to the international towns' union "The New Hansa". Every year, Kaunas presents itself successfully at the annual event of the union "International Hansa Days" by introducing the heritage of cuisine, folk art, music, theatre, etc. Furthermore, since 2005, at the end of August, Kaunas draws crowds of people from the entire Lithuania, who can admire the unique Kaunas Old Town and lose themselves in the Middle Ages, i.e. try armour, play medieval games, taste the old European dishes, listen to the troubadours' songs, wield a sward, enjoy watching the night's sky coloured by amazing fireworks, and a lot more.

The public institution "Hansa Kaunas" and Kaunas local government that organise the festival already for the fourth time have managed to achieve that the festival be known not only in Lithuania but also outside. Now the event has become the priority of the town and it now has gained its face, traditions and lots of devoted supporters.

The festival has broadened: on the stage one can see not only Lithuanian performers but also guest artists from Germany, Poland, Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Norway and Holland. Moreover, three documentary films have already been produced. Financing is increased as more and more supporters are found. Appropriations of both the local government and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania have been increased.

 

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logo_vilniusfestivalThe Vilnius Festival is one of the most prestigious, solid and versatile classical music events in Lithuania and a major summer destination for music-lovers during the hottest tourist season. With primary interest in presenting classical music, performed by the established soloists, ensembles and symphony orchestras from all over the world, the Vilnius Festival also continues to promote contemporary Lithuanian music by commissioning new large-scale works, and offers a platform for jazz and musical theatre.

Since the first Vilnius Festival in 1997 its primary idea has been to promote the historical and modern assets of world culture in society. Cooperation between Lithuanian and foreign musicians has fostered the creation of a multicultural music scene in Lithuania, as well as mutual tolerance and trust, and the discovery and support of new artistic forces. The organizers of Vilnius Festival seek to reflect the cultural experiences of different nations and eras in the festival program.

The festival fulfills the main points of its program by

* commissioning a major work from well-known Lithuanian composers
* organizing a recital from a famous Lithuanian performer
* inviting a foreign orchestra, opera, or ballet troupe
* organizing an evening dedicated to a composer
* organizing a concert dedicated to Renaissance and Baroque composers’ works
* presenting a legendary jazz soloist or ensemble

Date / number of events
Annually from the end of May to the beginning of July / 10-15 concerts
Intended Audience
Music fans and professionals of all ages, educational backgrounds and nationalities
Significance of the event
Vilnius Festival is an international music festival accredited by the European Festival Association’s General Assembly in Geneva. It was accepted as a legitimate member of the Association in October 1999.
Geographical Range
Thanks to its cooperation with well-known Lithuanian and foreign performers, its common projects with Lithuanian, Italian, Polish, German, French, Croatian, Slovenian and Swiss festivals, and its active involvement in programs of cultural tourism, Vilnius Festival has dispersed far and wide the liveliness of Lithuania’s culture, as well as the works of contemporary Lithuanian composers and a reputation for professionalism among its performers.
Bonds between the festival and Lithuania’s cultural image
The cooperation of Vilnius Festival organizers and performers with world-renowned musicians (Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Justus Frantz, Riccardo Muti, Krzysztof Penderecki, David Geringas, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet) has accelerated the acceptance of not only Lithuania’s musical culture but also its political activities in the international realm. The support of these musicians for Lithuania’s intention to integrate to the EU was raised not only by artistic acts but also by official documents.
The active participation of Vilnius Festival in programs of Lithuanian cultural tourism and its close cooperation with diplomatic missions of foreign countries has generated high interest among foreign guests and tourists in both this event and Lithuanian cultural happenings in general.
Programme:
May 31d.

19:00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic, Vilnius
Opening Concert
Performers: Soloist VADIM REPIN (violin, Russia) LITHUANIAN STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Conductor GINTARAS RINKEVIČIUS Programme: VYTAUTAS BACEVIČIUS – Poème électrique for...

June 2d.

19:00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic, Vilnius
DAVID GERINGAS (cello, Germany) IAN FOUNTAIN (piano, UK)
Programme: FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN – Introduction and Polonaise brillante for cello and piano in C major, Op. 3 EDVARD GRIEG – Sonata for cello and piano in A minor, Op. 36 VYKINTAS BALTAKAS –...

June 3d.

19:00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic, Vilnius
LITHUANIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
LITHUANIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Artistic director and soloist SERGEJ KRYLOV (violin, Italy) Soloist BRUNO CANINO (piano, Italy) Programme: LUIGI BOCCHERINI – Symphony in D minor, Op....

June 6d.

19:00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic, Vilnius
To mark the 20th anniversary since the reestablishment of the Swedish-Lithuanian diplomatic relations and the National Day of Sweden
Kroumata Live 3 Performers: KROUMATA Ensemble (Sweden): JOHAN SILVMARK ROGER BERGSTRÖM ULRIK NILSSON PONTUS LANGENDORF Programme: GYÖRGY LIGETI – Car Horn...

June 7d.

19:00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic, Vilnius
Fado Magic
Performers: CRISTINA BRANCO and her group (Portugal): RICARDO DIAS (piano, accordion) BERNARDO COUTO (Portuguese guitar) CARLOS MANUEL PROENÇA (classical guitar) BERNARDO...

June 9d.

19:00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic, Vilnius
Rota Conducts Rota
Tribute to NINO ROTA (1911–1979) Performers: LITHUANIAN NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Juozas Domarkas Soloists: SABINA CVILAK...

June 14d.

19:00
Lithuanian National Opera And Ballet Theatre, Vilnius
Closing Concert. Vidmantas Bartulis REQUIEM (1989)
To mark the Day of Mourning and Hope Vidmantas Bartulis REQUIEM (1989) Performers: LITHUANIAN NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Artistic Director and Principal Conductor...


logo_banchetto musicaleThe Banchetto Musicale early music festival came into being in the autumn of 1989. Since then, it has been held every year except 1991, when Lithuania was suffering an economic and political blockade. For 13 years the festival was directed by Jūratė Mikiškaitė-Vičienė, the founder and leader of the Banchetto Musicale ensemble of Renaissance music and dance, and Darius Stabinskas took over as artistic director in 2003.

One of the regular partners of the festival is the Culture Department of Vilnius City Municipality. Despite the fact that cultural events supported by the city have recently been considerably reduced in number, Banchetto Musicale has survived as one of Vilnius’ most prestigious and important festivals.

Until recently, the Banchetto Musicale festival was the only one in Lithuania devoted to period performance. Hugely important is the festival’s educational mission of acquainting the Lithuanian audience with compositions that have never been performed in Lithuania before. Thanks to Lithuanian National Radio and Television, the entire country’s music lovers could enjoy the experience of watching and listening to many of the festival’s concerts.

Alongside the regular participants of the festival, the Lithuanians Elena Čičinskaitė (lute), Darius Stabinskas (viola da gamba), the singers Edita Bagdonaitė and Nora Petročenko, the Banchetto Musicale early music and dance ensemble, the Baltic States Baroque Orchestra and the Brevis Choir and Consort, many internationally acclaimed performers have appeared at the festival, including Barokkanerne, Hans Olav Gorset (recorder) and Knut Johanesen (harpsichord) from Norway; the Kvinterna ensemble from the Czech Republic; Cantus Cölln and Ensemble 1700 from Germany; the Alia Mvsica ensemble from Spain; Amorroma, Traces and Zefiro Torna ensembles from Belgium; Eva Legene (recorder) and the Alba trio from Denmark; the cornett virtuoso William Dongois and Le Concert Brisé, Café Zimmermann and Ensemble Organum from France; the Drevnerussky Raspev choir from Russia; the Hortus Musicus, Tallinn Baroque, and Rondellus ensembles from Estonia; the ensembles Aurora, Accordone and Tetraktys, Edoardo Bellotti (organ) and Lavinia Bertotti (soprano) from Italy; Ensemble Unicorn and the Paul Hoffheimer Consort from Austria; the Ludus ensemble from Latvia; the Romeo & Juliet Choir, the Esk ensemble and the Laude Novella duo from Sweden; The City Waites, Sara Stowe (soprano), Matthew Spring (lute, viola da gamba), Stuart McCoy (lute, vihuela), Jacob Heringman (lute) and the Baroque and Renaissance dance experts Barbara Segal and Mary Collins from Great Britain.

Devoted to the medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music, dance and theatre, Banchetto Musicale has marked anniversaries of famous composers and has put on a number of stage productions, such as a concert performance of Monteverdi’s opera Orfeo, which featured the famous British countertenor Nigel Rogers in the title role (1993); a 1620 Neapolitan celebration Festa a ballo, which was performed by Hortus Musicus and the dancers of the Banchetto Musicale ensemble also in Estonia and Finland (1993); a dramatised banquet “A Fifteenth-Century Feast”, staged by the Banchetto Musicale ensemble and the choreographer Lieven Baert from Belgium (1994); the Lithuanian premiere of Biber’s Requiem (1994); Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas shown at the Grand Duke’s Palace (1995) and a ballet to Telemann’s Water Music (1999), both directed by the British choreographer and costume designer Jane Gingell; a production entitled “Festa Veneziana” in the Italian commedia dell’arte style (2000); a dramatised programme “Viva Espana” of Spanish Renaissance music (2002), prepared with the help of Dirkjan Horringa from Holland; the Euroradio concerts from the Discoveries series “From the Braunsberg Organ Tablature” (2004) and “Marco Scacchi: A pupil and a master” (2007); a production of the madrigal comedy L'Amfiparnaso by Orazio Vecchi, staged in the Lėlė Puppet Theatre, Vilnius (2007).

The festival has also put on a number of masterclasses, by Eva Legene, the harpsichordist Ketils Haugzand, Nigel Rogers, Hans Olav Gorset, Edorado Bellotti, Claudine Ansermet, Alexander Puliaev and Ulrike Heider.
logo_sostinesdienosInternational festival VILNIUS CITY FIESTA is one of the most important multi-art form events in Vilnius; the main and most spectacular festival of Vilnius with high artistic level actions dedicated to all citizens and city guests.

The VILNIUS CITY FIESTA takes place annually since 1993 in the biggest in-door venues and open-air spaces of Vilnius, as the Town Hall Square (capacity up to 5.000 people), the Cathedral Square (capacity up to 10.000 people), the Vingis Park (capacity up to 30.000 people).

The VILNIUS CITY FIESTA events draw numerous audiences, as they are open and free. Every year more than 250.000 people are visiting events of the VILNIUS CITY FIESTA where Vilnius Festivals provides with a wide range of high-level entertainments from jazz, pop, rock and world music to classical music and opera, films programme, street theatre, fashion shows and carnivals.

During last several years these international stars and top musicians made their performances in the events of Vilnius Festivals: Elton John (2006), Bjork (2008), Kosheen (2008), ZEEP(2007), Brainstorm (2007), Rotterdam Ska-Jazz Foundation (2006), Ojos de Brujo Sound System (2008), The Shin (2008), Red Bull X-Fighters (2006), Alain Robert SPIDERMAN (2006)

Capital Days 2010

Capital Days 2010 - one thousand two hundred lamps burning !


Visaginas Country music festival is represented by a cowboy hat of Lithuanian country singer Virgis Stakėnas. The several congenial in 1991 organized the first festival. Now it is one of the most popular festivals in Lithuania, where people come not only to listen to the country music, but also to revel. In these latter years Visaginas country music festival attracted over 20 000 spectators.

Musicians from almost all the countries of Europe, USA, Canada, Austria already visited the festival in the enduring years. Sometimes Visaginas country music festival is even called Lithuanian Woodstock.
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One of the most significant cultural events in Lithuania, the Pažaislis Music Festival has been held every year since 1996. The main purpose of the festival is to popularise classical music, to enrich the cultural life of Kaunas in the summer, to present the best ensembles, soloists and conductors from Lithuania and other countries, and to promote the international dialogue and cultural collaboration. Since 2006, the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Valdas Adamkus, has been the Patron of the festival.

For residents and visitors to Kaunas, the Pažaislis Music Festival has become a traditional event, without which the summer in the city cannot be imagined. Many free concerts take place in churches, so the events are affordable to everyone. Alongside the best Lithuanian ensembles and soloists, the festival features performers from all over the world. Well known far beyond Europe’s borders, the festival has been acknowledged as one of the most famous European festivals by such illustrious musicians as Yehudi Menuhin, Justus Frantz, Yuri Bashmet, Eric Ericson, Roy Goodman and Krzysztof Penderecki.

Over the 14 years of its existence, the Pažaislis Music Festival has put on around 470 concerts featuring 73 conductors, 43 symphony and chamber orchestras, 20 choirs, 11 opera productions and 13 Lithuanian plays on historical themes.

The main organiser of the festival is the Pažaislis Music Festival Public Institution, and its partners are the Kaunas State Philharmonic Society and the Music Festivals Support Foundation.

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Festival of experimental archaeology is dedicated to the commemoration of the Coronation of Mindaugas - the Statehood Day. Each year at the beginning of July the magnificent solitude of mounds is disturbed by the awakening past. Just like many centuries ago archers’ arrows fly and many skilled craftsmen demonstrate their art on the Castle Hill and in the Pajauta valley… The indescribable impression is emphasised by the sounds of ancient music and flavours of delicious meals prepared according to medieval recipes. The festival introduces the restored crafts of prehistoric and early medieval periods, ancestors’ lifestyle. Visitors have an opportunity to strike the flint, throw pottery, mint a coin, and try their hand at archery. Visitors will gain enjoyment from spending time in the historical environment in nature, immersing into the merry festival uproar and sensing the genuine medieval spirit. 110
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The idea to organise a Vilnius summer music festival was conceived in 1995 after a concert tour abroad by Donatas Katkus, the artistic director of the then recently established St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra. The concept was very simple - back then, the prevailing belief in Lithuania was that no cultural life could exist during summer in the city - only in the resort towns, and this was a belief that demanded to be refuted! The Maestro had seen many successful examples of an unexpectedly large amount of excellent classical music festivals occuring during summer in Western Europe - often in castles beyond the urban fringe, but in the larger cities as well.

The beginnings of the Vilnius Summer Music Festival (yes, that's exactly what it was called earlier) were rather modest- in the first year, there were only around ten concerts. And the festival itself lasted not for two months, as it does nowadays, but just for three weeks in July. The Maestro recalls that one of the break-throughs fifteen years ago was the "Gates of Jerusalem" cycle by composer Bronius Kutavičius, performed in midsummer. A full house gathered at the Philharmonic Hall not only for this concert, but at all the performances the first year of the festival. Imagine Vilnius on a hot Sunday afternoon... If not for the wandering tourists, most would say the city would be deserted... Yet in the packed St. Casimir's Church, a crowd of music lovers was huddled together, closely listening to a concert of the summer festival. Clearly, this time the sceptics were left to merely wring their hands, while the organisers were left convinced that this was a project well worth continuing!

Remembering the first festivals, Donatas Katkus says that he acted as the artistic director, and the administrator, as well as the distributing and displaying the festival posters himself, and would run around "wherever was necessary" to get the job done... The Christopher Summer Festival grew and became well-established around four or five years after its conception. Its duration stretched out to last one and a half months, the number of concerts increased, chamber operas started to be staged, and more and more new performers were invited to appear. By this stage, the festival already had its own emblem, a red-headed blue-coloured woman-bird design created by graphic artist, Petras Repšys. From the very beginnings of the summer festival, Maestro Donatas Katkus placed much significance on the fact that the concerts should aim to cover as many venues in Vilnius, and would be accessible to as large an audience as possible. Loyal fans of the festival would no doubt recall the concerts of the Christopher Summer Festival that took place at the Philharmonic Hall, St. Casimir's Church, the Chodkevich Palace, and in Vilnius University's Grand Courtyard and S. Daukantas Square. On a few occasions, even street music concerts were held under the banner of the festival. That's right - the first attempts at filling the streets of Vilnius with music took place around twelve or thirteen years ago, but of course now this has taken off in a completely different direction. Back then there was first a competition, and a commission would select the best street musicians and award them with prizes. Nowadays, the Christopher Summer Festival cannot be imagined without picnics at the Šešuolėliai (Širvintai District) and Bistrampolis manors (Panevėžys District).

We should add that performers from abroad have been appearing at the summer music festival from the very beginning. This year, the Christopher Summer Festival will also feature a sizeable crowd of guests from abroad, with some of the stand-out performers being the a cappella choir Voices Unlimited from Austria, delighting audiences with their generous dose of humour, acting abilities, and recognition as the best male vocal ensemble in the world; Poland's pride, now residing in Great Britain, the Royal String Quartet; the frenetic cello trio from Latvia, Melo-M; the Portico Quartet from London - a quartet of musicians who have charmed the world with their meditative jazz; plus many more.

We're very happy that the festival's concerts draw large and colourful audiences, especially as the number of faces we see each year keeps growing, which means that the circle of loyal followers is certainly increasing... We thank you for being here, together with Christopher's summer, and genuinely wish a happy festival mood upon all, with many great concert experiences!

  • Vilnius St. Catherine's Church (30 Vilniaus St)
  • Vilnius St. Casimir's Church (34 Didžioji St)
  • Vilnius Teachers‘ House courtyard (39 Vilnius St)
  • Lithuanian Theatre, Music and Film Museum courtyard (41 Vilniaus St)
  • Šešuolėliai Manor Estate (Ist village of Šešuolėliai, Širvintos district)
  • Bistrampolis Manor Estate (14 km from Panevėžys, near Uliūnai village, 700 m off the Via Baltica highway)
  • Church of St. Peter and St. Paul the Apostles (1 Vilniaus St, Molėtai)
  • Mažeikiai Church of St. Francis of Assisi (13 Naftininkų St, Mažeikiai)
ASTA KRIKŠČIŪNAITĖ
ST. CHRISTOPHER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
DONATAS KATKUS
“POLIFONIJA” ŠIAULIAI STATE CHAMBER CHOIR
GEDIMINAS RAMANAUSKAS
TOMAS LEIBURAS ORCHESTRA
REYKHOLT PIANO TRIO
ANTONIO DI CRISTOFANO
PORTICO QUARTET
“VOICES UNLIMITED” MALE VOCAL ENSEMBLE
VYTENIS POCIUS
PAULIUS ZDANAVIČIUS
EUGENIJUS KANEVIČIUS
EVELINA SAŠENKO
DMITRIJ GOLOVANOV
DONATAS BAGURSKAS
ANDRIUS KAIRYS
GRAYSON MASEFIELD
GIEDRĖ KILČIAUSKIENĖ
ANDREJ POLEVIKOV
VYTIS NIVINSKAS
DARIUS RUDIS
PAVEL ŽEMIOTIN
HÉLDER MOUTINHO
MARCO OLIVEIRA
RICARDO PARREIRA
CELL TRIO “MELO-M”
VYTAUTAS SRIUBIKIS
MINDAUGAS BAČKUS
VYTIS ŠAKŪRAS
MASAKO EZAKI
“KASKADOS” PIANO TRIO
KRISTINA ŽALDOKAITĖ
DENIS MURAŠOV
PAULIUS RUDOKAS
RŪTA ŠČIOGOLEVAITĖ
VYTAUTAS SKUDAS
OLGA KONOŠENKO
RŪTA VITKAUSKAITĖ
CHRISTOPHER WOODWIND QUINTET
WOJCIECH WALECZEK
THE “MULTICAMERATA” CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Sacred Music Hours
RENATA MARCINKUTĖ-LESIEUR
KRISTINA ZMAILAITĖ
EDMUNDAS SEILIUS
IRENA BUDRYTĖ-KUMMER
SAMUEL KUMMER
WOLFRAM SYRE
JULIAN GEMBALSKI
SIM MIN-JOUNG
KATEŘINA MÁLKOVÁ
LEOPOLDAS DIGRYS
“JAUNA MUZIKA” (“YOUNG MUSIC”) CHAMBER CHOIR
VACLOVAS AUGUSTINAS
FAUSTO CAPORALI
TIFFIN BOYS’ CHOIR
RITA NOVIKAITĖ
PAVEL KOHOUT
SÁNDOR KÁDÁR
Christopher's Picnics at Bistrampolis Manor Estate
SIMAS ŠAKENIS
DMITRIJ BEREZIN
IGNAS MAKNICKAS
KRISTINA ANNAMUKHAMEDOVA
JONAS KUBLICKAS
PAULIUS ANDERSSON
ST. CHRISTOPHER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
DONATAS KATKUS
LIUBA NAZARENKO
PAULIUS RUDOKAS
RŪTA ŠČIOGOLEVAITĖ
PAULIUS ZDANAVIČIUS
VYTAUTAS SKUDAS
“QUORUM” MALE VOCAL ENSEMBLE
Christopher's Picnics at Šešuolėliai Manor Estate
ONA KOLOBOVAITĖ
PAULIUS ZDANAVIČIUS
EGIDIJUS BAVIKINAS
LIUDAS MIKALAUSKAS
“QUORUM” MALE VOCAL ENSEMBLE
EVELINA SAŠENKO
NERIJUS BAKULA
NEDA MALŪNAVIČIŪTĖ
KOSTAS SMORIGINAS
OLEGAS DITKOVSKIS

vid trInternational Knights Tourney of Armed Forces Commander of Lithuania will be held in Trakai Peninsula Castle. “Knights” from Lithuania, the US, Italy, Latvia, Poland, France and other countries will compete for the honourable award.

Festival in Medieval style and Knights Jousting Tourney in Trakai Peninsula Castle is organised by Trakai History Museum and Brethren of Trakai Castle “Messengers of the Middle Ages”. This year the 10th anniversary event will be patroned by Lithuanian Armed Forces Commander Lt. Gen. Valdas Tutkus. It is planned that international tourneys of Lithuanian Armed Forces Commander will take place in Trakai annually.

The tourney held in Trakai, the XIV century capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, is a great chance of revealing old Lithuanian martial traditions for Lithuanians and guests from foreign countries as well as to introduce Lithuanian Armed Forces as it was in the period of the Middle Ages.

“Jousting of Medieval knights is a distinct branch of martial art. Lithuanian Armed Forces stand in guard of the motherland and her history therefore it is natural that we, members of the Guard of Honour of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, appear in the festival in the XIV century armour and weapons. Castles of Trakai Peninsula and Island were residences of Lithuanian monarchs. Vytautas the Great died in one of them in 1430. This particular ruler was not only a legendary general but also a vid tr1diplomat creating modern image of Lithuania of those times. This place is a romantic symbol of charismatic sovereign, powerful state and well-being of its people. The upcoming event will mean more than just Medieval food, matches of the audience and knight jousting. The fact that it will be held in the Castle of Trakai Peninsula signifies that all of us still preserve the spiritual heritage of culture of the Middle Ages,” said Commander of Lithuanian Armed Forces Lt. Gen. V.Tutkus.

Jousting will take place in subgroups until one knight from each will wins his way into the semi-finals. Two strongest participants will test their strength in the finals and the winner will be solemnly awarded with special prize of the Commander of Lithuanian Armed Forces.

Saturday night battle – storm of a wooden castle – will be the climax of the festival. Methods and technologies of assaulting castles used by Lithuanian Armed Forces will be demonstrated when Forces of Lithuanian Grand Duchy will assault knights of the cross hiding within fortification. Shields and tunics of armour of Lithuanian warriors will bear marks with idiosyncratic Lithuanian attributes. Shield and tunic bearing the symbol of the state of Lithuania – columns of Gediminas - of Lithuanian infantryman of XIV century were restored with support of Lithuanian Armed Forces.

Simultaneously with the tourney guests will be able to observe daily life of a Medieval castle. Military camp in the Middle Ages style will be installed, knights will be resting and preparing for jousting, Medieval food will be prepared and arms attended.

 

vid tr2Project of XIV century Lithuanian warrior armour will be displayed in a Medieval tent throughout the events, guests will be able to try on XIV century helmet and armour shirt, try arch firing, throwing spear, and take part in other kinds of matches, winners will receive prizes.

Festival program will include performances of Medieval dancing and music bands, street artists and various games. Final concert will be held on Saturday evening, festival will end in an impressive and mystical Fire Show and fireworks.

muzieju naktisThe Long Night of Museums or the Night of Museums is a cultural event organized together by multiple museums and cultural institutions in a location during which the establishments remain open late into the night. Marketed together, the event seeks to introduce new individuals to the cultural institutions. A common entrance pass allows visitors to access all exhibits, as well as to access the public transportation required to reach these various locations.

The first Long Night of Museums (German: Lange Nacht der Museen) took place in Berlin in 1997. The concept has been very well received, and since then the number of participating institutions and exhibitions has risen dramatically, spreading to over 120 other cities throughout Europe.

Last time the Night of Museums was held in all Lithuania on 16 of May.

mjr-logo1Mėnuo Juodaragis represents contemporary Baltic culture in a very own way. This is both paying respect to the tradition and enjoying an alternative new forms - for music should burn live. And LIVING means changing. MJR provides the creative forge of Baltic world-view and aesthetics, where old and new, authentic and modem, meaning and spontaneity merge. The event also presents many great groups from other countries. This outstanding international cultural event and musical fiesta invites one to the country that has preserved the pagan Fire of Europe and speaks the most ancient language on the continent.

Restless intuition turns us into seekers. Somewhere here in the flow, in the trees, under the turf, in the dance of the flames, in our genetic succession there is an archetypal key of the Universe whose power was so well known to the old European nations. Ethnic tradition here refers neither to outdated illustration hanging in the porch nor drunken tourist stomping with the pint of beer. The glistening weapon of this expedition shall be folklore. It is the irreversible Action Principle preserved for ages, it is the alliance of the Past and the Future revealed in elitist dispersion. MJR summons most advanced artists drawing from the very depth and burning with unique art not meant for the mass production.

The flow is generated by plenty old and new music styles ranging from ethno, neo-folk, post-folk, tribal, gothic to ambient,mjr industrial, idm, rock/metal, avant-garde, you name it. These are the tools, the colors, the instruments. They differ but have identical direction, direct or indirect relations with ancestral tradition. Different generations, nations, ideas, genres and styles, but single feeling and one enchanting rhythm of the Earth.

Cold lips of the History can hardly tell us anything new. Scientific terms will scarcely reveal the beauty of the fluttering Mystery. It is unlikely we will find the light of our Ancestors in the insidious labyrinths of spurious chronicles. But we do believe that we can revive the essential fragments of the Great Legend in other ways, much more forcefully, with our Heart. The truth of our ritual is to revitalise the magical model of Universality HERE and NOW by employing new measures, new post-modern language. We believe it is not merely Fear of losing the identity and becoming a disposable Nothing, or a rudimentary tribute to Nostalgia. Expect a LIVE cosmic move with bright projection forward!

mjr1Meanwhile, the idea behind the Mėnuo Juodaragis is clear and simple. THE HEARTBEAT. In touch to pulsating Mystery a game turns into ritual and the ritual becomes the game. We move on in Circle… to the Beginning of the Beginning. And we listen to what our Ancestors tell us from There.

gatves muzikaStreet Musician Day - May 2, 2009

On the first Saturday in May thousands of people go out to the streets to play music. Street Musician Day is the event which unites all who speak the world's most universal language - the language of music. In response to the invitation from musician and actor Andrius Mamontovas, professional and amateur musicians flood into the streets, yards, parks and squares of Vilnius. Armed with a variety of musical instruments, they play rock, classics, jazz, avant-garde and folklore and beat African rhythms. On this day all Lithuanian cities and towns engage into the fest of free creation and socialising between musicians and the public.

In 2007, 295 groups obtained permits to play on the streets and Street Musician Day involved about 600 street-players. In 2008, Street Musician Day erupted all across Lithuania with more than 3,000 musicians playing in the capital and 31 other cities and towns. Street Musician Day in 2009 will involve Lithuanians living all over the world playing jazz, rock, classics, rhythms and folk music out on the streets.

Fest initiator
Musician and actor Andrius Mamontovas

kino pavasarisVilnius International Film Festival (Vilnius IFF) "Kino pavasaris" was established in 1995 at the legendary movie theatre “Lietuva”. The surroundings and place of the theatre was a perfect location to present the most interesting and newest independent films, critically acclaimed filmmakers.

In 2010 Vilnius IFF will celebrate its 15th anniversary. Now that fourteen years have passed since the first festival took place, it earned a widely respected reputation for its high quality films, serious discussions and widely respected Lithuanian and international filmmakers, original thematic and educational crowd pulling events.

Festival has earned its reputation because it showed films that were carefully picked out of other international film festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Venice, San Sebastian, Toronto, etc.) and have been awarded the prizes by both the audience and film critics.

The partnership with European Union’s MEDIA program, membership of CICAE organization is a testimony of the quality and professionalism of Vilnius IFF. Throughout the fourteen years of existence festival has managed not only to gather a number of dedicated fans but also it has been cooperating with a great number of international film festivals, film companies, independent film producers and foreign embassies.

In 2009 Vilnius IFF for the first time presented the competition programme “New Europe – New Names” with a solid international Jury. Only the best debut films from East and Central Europe were presented for “The Best film” award. It will become an annual competition since it has been received like a small diamond by audience and mass media.

Every year Vilnius IFF presents more than 100 films which are divided into a number of programs. The viewers have a chance to see the newest and critically acclaimed works of the professional film makers (“Masters”), to become acquainted with controversial films (“Brave vision”), to evaluate the upcoming new film makers’ works (“Discoveries”), the latest bold – brave and important documentaries (“Cinedocs”), to see the newest works of the Lithuanian filmmakers (“Lithuanian Dreams”), to get acquainted with the films of far, exotic and unknown foreign countries (“Special Program”) as well as the best of cinema classics (“Retrospective”).

In 2005 Vilnius IFF has been visited by a breaking number of viewers which reached a 40 per cent increase since 2004 (in 2004 over 28,000 viewers and in 2005 over 41,000). Since then the festival is witnessing an increase in attendance, which is about 50,000 every year.

Vilnius IFF is a perfect opportunity not only to see great films but also to meet in person with cinema masters and actors. The festival is proud to have received quests such as Emir Kusturica, Mike Leigh, Leos Carax, Javor Gardev, Attila Galambos and actors like Hana Schygulla, Ian Somerhalder, Dexter Fletcher, Ion Sapdaru, Teador Corban, Mircea Andreescu and others. In the future we expect the festival to be visited by many more international movie stars.

The festival is not only a fun activity but it is also a social responsible organization that offers educational programs as well, such as special educational program for students (“Cinema Book”), also special projects to increase awareness of and discussions concerning global warming issues, all kinds of exhibitions, master classes for upcoming professionals and young generation filmmakers.

Festival’s mission

• The mission of Vilnius IFF is to provide the viewers with the opportunity to see the latest, already accredited independent films from all around the world.
• To create the unforgettable “celebration of cinema” atmosphere in Vilnius city.
• To inform, inspire and educate young audience.

Festival’s vision
• To get the international recognition as one of the leading film festivals in New Europe region;
• To introduce the newest debut films from New Europe region in competition program;
• To present the most important filmmakers from all around the world.
kaunas_jazz_1_thumb2Kaunas Jazz is an annual international jazz festival in Kaunas, Lithuania. It started in 1991, soon after Lithuania declared independence from the Soviet Union. The festival experienced difficulties at first, due to a shaky economic situation, but it is now the biggest and most popular jazz festival in Lithuania. In the beginning it was held only in the spring, but it now features a small series in fall and another series just before Christmas. The festival strives to include many different styles and genres of jazz. Artists from over 20 countries have participated in the festival, including Al di Meola, John Scofield, Niels-Henning Osted Pederen, Elvin Jones, Jan Garbarek, Charles Lloyd, Bobo Stenson, Nils Landgren, Courtney Pine, Marc Copland, John Abercrombie, Palle Mikkelborg, Nils, Petter Molvaer, David Sanborn, Mike Stern, Trilok Gurtu, Bobby Previte, Greg Asby and Chico Freeman.

jazzIn the cozy resort Birštonas  the oldest traditional international jazz festival in Lithuania „Birštonas Jazz“  will start. The festival continues from 1980, because of that „Birštonas Jazz“  has earned the name of Lithuanian jazz Mecca. Here from all over Lithuania, and not only from here, come all jazz „pilgrims“.

Birštonas Jazz festival is not only the oldest but also the most democratic festival of Lithuanian jazz, which presents a diverse range of Lithuanian jazz elements, genres, trends and the diversity of styles, from dixilandjazz to contemporary experimental and innovative explorations. Birštonas Jazz Festival stage is open not only for professionals,  but also to debutants, young musicians.

juros sventeThe Klaipėda sea festival is conducted every year in Klaipėda city in Lithuania between twenty sixth July and twenty nineth June. It has been taking place for over seventy years now and is a very important sea festival in Lithuania. The third largest city in Lithuania and situated in the west, Klaipėda has around two lakh inhabitants and is a perfect place to pick if you want to enjoy those months in summer. The location of it on the coast of the Baltic Sea and the Curonian lagoon is where the entire place got its fame.

The Klaipėda sea festival draws nearly half a million people every year and there is a great deal of variety that can be found in it every year. Each year brings with it a different flavor and style to the Klaipėda sea festival. Many local dishes are made and served right on the street and if you are interested and really keen about tasting the authentic flavor of Lithuanian cuisine and Lithuanian beer called ‘Švyturys.’ The most popular feature of the Klaipėda sea festival are the arts and crafts stores put up by over three hundred craftsmen and artists who come to the festival every year. Apart from this, the talented musicians who attend the Klaipėda sea festival every year play various genres of music. Some of these forms of music include and are not limited to classical, country, jazz, pop, rock, etc.

The Klaipėda sea festival involves a solid seventy-two hours of non-stop trading and collection of souvenirs. The metal crafts and carvings of wood made by the hand juros svente1are a very good buy and you can always get extremely good deals on these. Apart form shopping, the Klaipėda sea festival is also very famous for the Baltic Sprint Cup regatta and other international sailing events like the Baltic Sailing. The entire place is beautifully decorated and artists and painters paint the old town of Klaipėda. This is the time when all the sailors bask in the limelight and enjoy a lot of attention and get the importance due to them. The Klaipėda sea festival is also the time when people experience and soak in the maritime traditions. During this period, many old ships are also examined and restored. It is a great way to make new friends and you can also choose to be a guest or a trainee for a day.

Sea Festival 2010!

The Tall Ships’ Races Baltic 2009 and the Sea Festival in Klaipėda

“The Original Blütenweg Jazzer” band in Lithuania

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You will be able to travel comfortably throughout Baltic Sates in our campers, as passengers really may feel themselves like home and take any necessary stuff with them, even their most loved cup for coffee.
A virtue of motor homes is the possibility to be in the cabin in all companionship while going from place to place.
Moreover, you will be free as you will be independent from hotels and every evening you will be able to spend in any place you wish!

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