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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBNN offers you a selection of cultural and sports events in Lithuania for the week between April 27 and May 3.

April 27-30:

«Shock Academia», various Vilnius venues;

«Shock Academia» is an innovative international platform for talented choreographers graduating from European art education institutions and universities. The aim of «Shock Academia» is to provide students with an opportunity to present their work to an international audience. The festival features new artist emerging in the contemporary dance field as an international showcase for promising young talent.

This year’s theme is «Black and White Choreography».

Black and white creates the sense of stability, an exercise in opposites, a place of structural limitation, and the falsehood of the either/or situation. Black and white always simplifies the matter, and possible exposes us to something underneath the blurred spectrum of colour.

But perhaps buried in our view of these opposites exist a possible unity, the idea that one could not exist without the other. Inside of these two extremes we can see the blandness or the boringness of life when canceling out the shades of grey and ambiguity that exist at the line separating black from white.

April 27, 7pm

«Ensemble Oktava», Virtuosos from Norway, St. Catherine’s Church, Vilnius;

The internationally recognized Norwegian instrumental duo «Ensemble Oktava» is preparing for a second concert tour in Lithuania. The duo consists of violist Povilas Syrrist-Gelgota, who performs with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the famed Norwegian guitarist Anders Clemens Oien. The subtle, yet vibrant sound, the tastefully selected program, the exceptional professionalism, and the clear contact with the audience – these are said to be traits typical of this ensemble.

This time, the «Ensemble Oktava» will present a unique program of viola-guitar selections. The onlookers will hear the golden classics of Franz Schubert, ancient Norwegian and passionate Spanish rhythms, and the nostalgia of Argentine tango.

April 27- May 3:

The Art in old Lithuanian manors; Vilnius Town Hall (Didžioji st. 31, Vilnius);

As this year international visual arts festival «The Art in Old Lithuanian Manors» starts its eighth season, the works of painters Giedra Purlytė and Jūratė Mitalienė wil lure one with artistic mystery and very personal observations.

In exhibition «Her visions» painter Giedra Purlytė plays with light and shades. «Their relation and interaction with the colour form the object of my observation and artistic mystery, which I am trying to solve. A yarning to paint originates from a wish to hide oneself in the room, full of the light of longing, to sharpen the blades of gentleness, by touching the surface of the canvass with a brush in a gentle and quiet way so that I do not scare anyone,» says G. Purlytė.

The canvases of artist Jūratė Mitalienė from Utena are much brighter, focusing on active colours and their combinations. According to R. Venckus, an impression of coincidence is formed by dripping paint on the canvas.

April 28, 6pm

International Music Festival «Sugrįžimai» (Comebacks), various Vilnius venues;

In bid to make gifted young people who chose music studies abroad come back, the Lithuanian Musician Support Fund is wrapping up the annual International Music Festival «Sugrįžimai», (Comeback).

This year, the festival is held for the 17th time.

April 27- May 3:

Three Centuries of Fashion; Museum of Applied Art (Arsenalo st. 3A, Vilnius)

The King of France Louis XIV quipped that fashion was a «mirror of history». This description of fashion as a unique social and artistic expression has not aged in over three centuries. Through his new exhibition spanning the period from the 1740s to 1960s, Alexandre Vassiliev attempts to answer the question, what drives men and women to constantly change their attire and accessories throughout history?..The exhibition carries through the centuries of fashion, detailing the epochs and their changeover;

April 29, 7pm

The Guitar Fiesta 2015; St. Catherine‘s Church (Vilnius st. 30, Vilnius);

This year’s Guitar Fiesta is truly polyphonic – a bouquet of surprises awaits everyone with renowned guitar virtuosos which incude famous «Baltic Guitar Quartet», folk singer Veronika Povilionienė and Robertas Semeniukas, the guitarist of folk-rock band «Žalvarinis», Povilas Syrrist Gelgota and Anders Clemens Oien («The Ensemble Oktava» virtuosos), the soul of « Arbata” Andrius Zalieska (singing poetry) and Vaida Skardžiuvienė, Aurelijus Globys , a Spanish-style guitar guru and a score of young talents;

April 30, 6 pm

Edgaras Lubys. You are a Part of Me

Edgaras Lubys is a well-known face on the Lithuanian musical stage for already eleven years. Having started his musical career as «Amberlife», today Edgaras Lubys does not hide under any stage names. It is a new stage of creative period of Edgaras in which he is perceived as a mature romantic of the city, who has already found his way in life and who believes in the real values.

May 1, 7pm

Alternative Belarus; Theatre Arena (Olimpiečių St. 3, Vilnius);

Music festival «Alternative Belarus» features the best modern alternative music groups of Byelorussia, ranging from free jazz to post punk. The perfomers include BRUTTO, Нейро Дюбель, Серебряная Свадьба, Pomidor/Off and Сергей Пукст.

April 27- May 3

Habib Majidi. Fish and Moon. Unfinished Cinema Stories; Museum of Theatre, Music and Cinema

(Vilnius st. 41, Vilnius);

Habib Majidi is the most prominent cinema photographer of Asia. His pictures are said to represent poetry of image, permeated by the feelings of loneliness in the universe, longing for a trip, a trip to yourself and the eternity… The eyes of Habib capture through the lens the most subtle of the feelings, colours and movements, and all of this is characteristic for poetry. Each shot stands for an instant of confession of love to a moment, an aspiration to catch the fading beauty.

April 30, 6pm

International young performers’ camera music festival «Avanti»; Kaunas State Philharmonic Theatre (L. Sapiega st. 5, Kaunas);

Accompanies by Vytautas Magnum University’s orchestra (bandleader is Ričardas Šumila), the philharmonic stage will host Keyong –Jin Lee and Alexandra Vaduva, the soloists from London’s Royal Music Academy, and other promising stars.

May 2, 11 pm

Farewell of Vaidas Baumila, Lithuania’s hopeful in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest; Macao Open Air (Putvinskis st. 51, Kaunas);

April 27- May 3:

Photographer Arūnas Kulikauskas‘exhibition «Originalai – Polaroid pinhole»; Baroty Galery (Aukštoji st. 1, Klaipėda).

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