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Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. Contemporary Music Festival «Gaida»

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BNN offers you a selection of cultural events in Lithuania for the week from October 19 to October 25.

October 19- 24:

10th International «Kaunas biennale -United»; Kaunas Central Post Office, Laisvės g. 102, Kaunas;

This year’s largest contemporary art project «Kaunas bienalė» takes place in Kaunas, the second-largest Lithuanian city. Over 80 artists from over 30 countries will represent their works encompassing the spirits of Vilnius, Paris, Rio and New York.

October 19, 5pm

Opening of Aleksandr Agafonov’ exhibition «At/radimai»; Klaipėda I. Simonaitytė Public Library, Klaipėda;

This is the first personal exhibition by the acclaimed photographer who has been focusing on photo shots in Lithuania through his career. As nature plays a significant part in the artist’s creative heritage, the exhibition will not be an exception. One should come and experience first-hand the beauty that the nature in his photos emanates.

October 19-24:

International Bards’ Music Festival «This is me»; Vilnius;

International singer-songwriters’ festival «This is Me» is held annually and it is a unique event from the standpoint that it takes part not only in Vilnius, but also in other Lithuanian cities as well as in Latvia and Poland. The festival is a great opportunity to present all similarities and varieties of singing poetry, chançons and bards songs to the audience.

October 19-24:

Exhibition Salvador Dali&Pablo Picasso; gallery «Arka», Aušros Vartų g. 7, Vilnius;

In the «Arka» gallery, an extraordinary exhibition is opened – an exposition of the worldwide famous legendary Spanish artists Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso introducing over 150 original sculpture, ceramics and graphic art works. It will be possible to see in the gallery not only the most important plots by Salvador Dali – melting clocks, an elephant on thin legs, a woman composed of boxes, a giraffe on fire, etc. In this exhibition one will also discover «another» Dali whose cultural and graphic images will astound you no less – winged snails, flies with crowns, and 17 sea-urchins on the rhinoceros back! Ceramics by Pablo Picasso will enable the spectator to delve into the depths of the artist’s creative aspirations…

October 19-24:

Festival «Inconvenient Films»; Vilnius cinema theatres;

Human Rights Documentary Film Festival «Inconvenient Films» is an annual documentary film festival established in 2007. The mission of this non-profit initiative is to raise awareness on human rights issues around the world and to connect them to those that are present in Lithuania. By presenting various documentaries on main human rights topics, inviting filmmakers and activists from all over the world, organizers hope to encourage public debates on human rights issues and ways to solve them. Despite project’s social mission and non-commercial character, the festival is considered to be one of the most popular and most visited film festivals in Lithuania. More then 60 000 viewers visited festival’s educational screenings since its foundation. Festival organizers are aiming to broaden its audience’s and draw attention to social challenges, global and local human rights issues. It is a space for free thought, sincere discussions about subjects which really matter.

October 20, 7pm

Moscow state academic E. Vachtangov Theatre, «Anna Karenina»; Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, Gedimino ave. 4, Vilnius;

Moscow State academic E. Vakhtangov theatre presents dance performance in two acts on Leo Tolstoy’s novel by Alfred Schnittke’s and other composers’ music. Choreographer: Anželika Cholina, set designer: Marijus Jacovskis, costume designer: Juozas Statkevičius. Anna Karenina: Olga Lerman, Aleksej Karenin: Evgenij Kniazev.

«I don’t try to define and enframe my performances with specific genres. Instead I strive to create life itself on stage. Life that is complicated and manifold as Leo Tolstoy described it in «Anna Karenina». So many stories in that novel, one might get lost. The same happens when facing real life complexities. I wanted to bring out the things that matter to me personally and things that resonate with today’s realities,» says Cholina.

October 21-25:

«Made in Japan»: various Vilnius venues;

Japan-Baltic Design Week «Made in Japan» is a place to celebrate design, art and music, where one can get inspiration and firsthand knowledge on creative industries of Japan and enjoy Vilnius as never before. Two-day conference and extensive networking sessions ranging from Japanese whisky tasting to Family breakfast will one You exchanging business cards with valuable contacts. Evenings are filled with unique musical performances in the best venues of Vilnius. And a whole weekend dedicated to celebrate Baltic and Japanese design at the Design Fair.

«Made in Japan» opening concert will take place October 21, 7pm, in Piano.lt Concert Hall (Trakų st. 9/1) in Vilnius with Martynas Levickis, Taca & Aco firing up the audience first.

The opening concert by the internationally acknowledged accordion virtuoso Martynas Levickis and guests from Japan – masters of accordion Taca and Aco is said to be a one in a lifetime chance to hear two different music cultures creating a synergy. The musicians, reportedly, prepared a very exciting program during which one will be able to hear both separately played pieces and a secret musical composition which will be revealed at the pinnacle of the concert. Levickis will fascinate audience with very well known pieces.

Guests from Japan – Taca and Aco – are one of the best known master accordionists in the country of The Rising Sun. Both musicians have astounding musical experience that chimes in harmony…

October 19-25:

Three centuries of fashion; museum of Applied Art, Arsenalo g. 3A, Vilnius;

The display one will enjoy in the museum will take one through 19th century necessary ladies’ accessories,

Napoleonic army’s apparel and a lot more…

October 22, 8pm

The evening of Viktor Coj’s songs; club «Muzikos rūsys», Jakšto g. 9, Vilnius;

Igor Sokolov, a musician from Vilnius, will introduce the listeners the songs of Viktor Coj. Igor has participated in various events, concerts and festivals, paying tribute to the musician. During last four years Igor has been introducing his own acoustic project «Kino tribute». The songs of Viktor have become a part of his life, therefore, Igor performs them in an authentic, honourable and highly sincere way.

October 23-25:

Contemporary Music Festival «Gaida»; Vilnius concert halls;

The festival, has taken place in Vilnius since 1991 is the most prominent festival of contemporary music in Lithuania. This is one of the most important new musical events in Central and Eastern Europe. During the last ten years the festival has become a prestigious event not only for Lithuanian music lovers, but also for the large international audience that attends the festival each year. The festival’s aim is to present the most interesting Lithuanian and world music oeuvre, to initiate new projects including top international musicians and to keep the highest quality criteria as the priority. For high achievements in the international contemporary music scene «Gaida» in 2005 was invited to prestigious association of most important European festivals of contemporary music «Reseau Varese». In 2008 the festival was awarded the title of ISCM World Music Days, meaning an especial appreciation of the international music community all over the world and providing the right to organize a festival on exceptional scale.

October 23, 6.30 pm

Alexander’s Feast; Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, A. Vienuolio g., Vilnius;

Music Director and Conductor Rolf Beck (Germany), conductor Vytautas Lukočius, director Kaél Csába (Hungary), set Designer Éva Szendrényi (Hungary), costume Designer Juozas Statkevičius;

Alexander’s Feast is one of the most popular works by George Frideric Handel that was very well received by the public already after its premiere at the Opera of Covent Garden (London) in 1736. During the span of Handel’s life Alexander’s Feast was performed 54 times, 28 of which were conducted by the composer himself.

To present the oratorio in Lithuania, a theatrical staging has been chosen. Vilnius Festivals and LNOBT had a similar experience in the past, when in 2007 the stage of Vilnius was graced by J. S. Bach’s Johannespassion, directed by the American theatre genius Robert Wilson. The production received immensely good reviews from the theatregoers, Lithuanian cultural society and foreign critics…

October 24, 10 am

African Drums lessons; Vėjų veja, M. Daukšos 41-1, Kaunas;

Are you fond of the African rhythms and particularly the drums? Then the event is for you…Discover Africa and beat the African drums guided by a real African…

October 24, 8am -noon

Vilnius Collectors Club gathering; Tauras Hill, Vinco Mykolaičio Putino g., Vilnius;

One will find various coins, banknotes, stamps, postcards, vintage dinnerware, furniture, medals, awards, military insignia, silverware, porcelain, household appliances, watches, musical records, paintings, artwork, tools, utensils, etc. By engaging in conversation you will learn the history and circumstances of those times, the purpose of the objects and their value, current news and other interesting information. The club regularly attracts foreign guests who also bring their collections, change and trade them.

October 25, noon

Flea Market; Dance Bar, Šermukšnių g. 4A, Vilnius;

Flea market is a place trading in personal used things: clothes, accessories, household utilities, interior details, toys, books and many others. Also here one can find unique handmade articles. The traders of the flea market usually do not seek profit and the visitors come to watch the things and to communicate, to have a great time and to acquire original items.

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