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ST. BARTHOLOMEW’S FAIR – CRAFTSMEN FIESTA IN VILNIUS
 

ST. BARTHOLOMEW’S FAIR – CRAFTSMEN FIESTA IN VILNIUS

24 August – St. Bartholomew’s Day – became memorable for Vilnius craftsmen: it was the most important day of workshops and celebrations. Therefore, the annual St. Bartholomew Fair in Vilnius revives festivities and the Renaissance spirit of the city, crafts, arts workshops and traditions.

22 August, 12:00 – the beginning of the event with a festive walk of craftsmen with the flags of Vilnius guilds. Start – near the Gates of Dawn, it will continue on to Vokiečių, Dominikonų, Šv. Jonų, Pilies, Didžioji streets, and will finish at the Town Hall Square. 12:30 – St. Bartholomew’s fair opening ceremony.

22 – 23 August – two days fair with the various activities. Check the programme or poster.

23 August, 20:30 – closing ceremony with the European medieval music.

St. Bartholomew’s Fair with an array of arts and crafts-related events and workshops invites to entertain everybody, young and old.

Check www.vilnius-events.lt for more information about events in the capital.

Traditional St. Bartholomew’s Fair certificated as Lithuanian national heritage is revived for the 8th time with a great event reconstructing crafts, arts and guild traditions of the Late Medieval Ages and the Renaissance. The Fair will be held at Vilnius Town Hall square on the 23rd–24th of August, 2018. The Fair has been known for the citizens of Vilnius since 17th century after being mentioned for the first time in 1664 in the first Statute of Vilnius potter’s guild.

St. Bartholomew’s Fair lasts for 2 days. It opens with a solemn parade with the flags of the Vilnius craftsmen guilds (The Gates of Dawn, Vokiečių str., Dominikonų str., Šv. Jono str., Pilies str., Didžioji str., Town Hall Square). During this event citizens and guests of Vilnius get the exceptional chance to get acquainted with crafts, see the warfare and noblemen’s fights of 17th century, see demonstration of production processes, be in craftsmen’ shoes by throwing, spinning, weaving, forging coins, admire costumes, dance and listen to the music of the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, listen to the lectures about food, executioners and history of crafts, and purchase items reconstructed by professional craftsmen according to the originals of 15th–17th century.

This year Fair‘s program is not only full of music, circus, dance and warfare performances, but also everyone will get a chance to know each craft better and closer – more than 70 craftsmen-reconstructors will demonstrate crafts and teach visitors various ancient secrets:    from making a wooden pipe or kneading-trough for bread, or decorating rings of the Grand Dukes of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, to archaic craft of stained glass. For those who want to learn more – National Museum of Lithuania will invite visitors of St. Bartholomew’s Fair to special tours. Visitors will have a free entrance to a chosen tour after collecting stamps from craftsmen on a special card which will become their ticket.

Organizers of this Fair invite all citizens and guests of Vilnius city to commemorate this unique festival of city’s craftsmen in the context of celebrating 25 years since Vilnius was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and 355 years anniversary when the Fair was mentioned for the first time in 1664 in the first Statute of Vilnius potter’s guild. Historic St. Bartholomew’s Fair is certificated as Lithuanian national heritage and maintains traditions of crafts and city’s culture. This revived festival is valuable as the part of Intangible Cultural Heritage for strengthening the cultural contents and significance of Vilnius Historic Center – UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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VILNIUS FITS YOUR FEET

Vilnius is a great place for pleasant strolls. It is green, full of cultural diversity and cozily compact. So compact, that in just a few dozen steps from the gallery, you find yourself in a park, followed by a baroque church, and off to the castle after a cup at the local cafe. Thus, in a short time you get to not just see, but also hear, touch, taste and tune into the soul of the city.

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