BNN offers you a selection of cultural events in Lithuania for the week during December 28 to January 3.
Christmas and New Year’s Concert in Vilnius Town Hall; Didžioji g. 31, Vilnius;
The Old Town Hall of Vilnius is a palace, where one is surrounded by the feeling of excitement of an upcoming feast. Ladies and Gentlemen, we welcome you to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve in this grand environment together with the most prominent Lithuanian music personalities, who for this special occasion have prepared outstanding musical programs;
December 28 – January 6:
Christmas in the capital; various Vilnius venues;
Throughout the festive season, Vilnius Cathedral Square will play host to a truly magical Christmas village – buy a unique gift, treat yourself to a delicious festive treat or warming drink, or even meet a character from your favourite fairy tale. Come and experience the real joy of Christmas!
December 28 – January 6:
Christmas Fairy Tale Cottage;Vilnius Cathedral square;
This year the inside of the Christmas tree will be transformed into a fairy tale cottage! Children will be able to venture inside and listen to magical fairy tales being read. Each story session is limited to 25 listeners.
December 28- January 6:
Christmas Tree-Labyrinth; Vilnius Town Hall square;
This year the Vilnius Town Centre square will be the location of a fantastic new Christmas attraction- a kilometre long labyrinth of lights and decoration, in which children and their parents will be able to play interactive 3D / animation / computer / music games, play the Christmas piano, witness the Magic Mirror, and wander through the Christmas Forest.
December 31, 11.30 pm:
New Year Fireworks; Vilnius Cathedral square;
December 28- 31, noon- 8pm:
Last Minute Market; Arts Factory «Loftas» (Loft), Švitrigailos St. 29, Vilnius;
If you are looking for presents for Christmas, this factory is created especially for you. Last Minute Market is the last opportunity for busy people to purchase good presents. The most interesting Lithuanian designers and traders shall offer to leave under the Christmas tree an original and probably unique Christmas present. In the Christmas factory, POP-UP Christmas coffee-shop shall also be open where you may make an appointment with your friend and to present him with just packed Christmas present.
December 28- January 6:
Exhibition «Alchemy of Colours»; the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Katedros Sq. 3, Vilnius;
The international exhibition of Scagliola art works from the Bianco Bianchi collection in Florence is a joint Project by the owners of the private Bianco Bianchi collection Alessandro Bianchi and Elisabetta Bianchi, and the National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and the Vilnius Academy of Art. This exhibition will present to Lithuania’s cultural society, art researchers and restorers the subtle and refined art of scagliola.
December 28- January 3:
Exhibition «A pensive Christ: from religious image to the symbol as caretaker of nation»; The Church Heritage Museum, Šv. Mykolo g. 9, Vilnius;
Majority of Lithuanian residents know who is a Caretaker. One of them treat him a symbol of the nation’s or the Lithuanians’ character; others consider it a small sculpture carved by a folk artist. The third ones would claim that he is a family intercessor, guardian, and still others think that is he a Pagan god. No doubt, among them there would be those who do not know anything about him. However, very few from us would be able to say where this image originates from, how, when and where it has formed, and what a figure of the sitting thoughtful man means in the Christian art, also how believers perceived him in the 16th -19th centuries.
Musical Christmas, Concert Hall «Piano Lt», Trakų g. 9 / Kėdainių g. 1, Vilnius;
Christmas in Music is a traditional festival held in Vilnius. This year’s performance will take place at Piano.lt, the concert hall in the romantic part of the Old City. The festival offers nine concerts from December 19 through 31. From classics and Romanticism to gospel and jazz – the Christmas in Music offers a fine palette of musical experiences to lead you through into the prosperous and successful New Year.
December 27, 3pm:
Christopher Christmas: a moonless night featured by Liuba Nazarenko (vocals, guitar), St. Catherine‘s Church, Vilniaus St. 30, Vilnius;
On the occasion of the winter festive season, the owner of a velvety voice, Liuba Nazarenko, will greet one with the most beautiful assemblage of romances. According to the singer, these songs, full of emotional melodies, were usually heard in cosy salons by candlelight, yet today they have emerged from their chamber surrounds and captured the hearts of concert hall audiences. And even though the times might be changing, the torment of love and longing remains the same. Programme features late 19th – early 20th century city, salon, early and other romances.
December 27, 6pm and 8.30pm:
Christopher Christmas: Christmas Carols with Monika Liu, St. Catherine‘s Church, Vilniaus St. 30, Vilnius;
Monika Liu, a student from the prestigious Berklee College (USA), and a participant of exclusive musical projects, has experimented in different roles, and this time she’ll be inviting audiences to an astoundingly cosy, and most probably the most festive concert of the year, together with the group Subtilu-Z. Programme – I. Berlin, J. L. Pierpont, J. F. Coots, etc.
Christmas in Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania; The Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Katedros Sq. 3, Vilnius;
January 2, 2pm:
The day of the flag of Lithuania; Gediminas Hill, Vilnius;
To commemorate the event of January 1, 1919 when a group of 10 volunteers performed an act full of a symbolic meaning for the first time – raised the three-colour flag of Lithuania on Gediminas Hill. A huge emotional effect on the residents of Lithuania recalling October 7, 1988 when Lithuanian tree-colour flag was returned to the place it belonged to, when in 2004 the Lithuanian three-colour flag waved alongside 25 flags of NATO and when our flag was hoisted together with other flags of the European Union on May 1.