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Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. Karklė Music Festival

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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 during August 10 and 16

August 10, 7.30 pm

Football match; LFF Stadium, Stadiono st. 2, Vilnius;

Lithuanian champion Vilnius‘ football club «Žalgiris» is starting its new season, which is full of an intrigue. Being led forwards by ambitious aims, the inhabitants of Vilnius are ready to make their fans happy once again by the goals, victories and titles. «Žalgiris» is also preparing an extraordinary event for their fans which is going to be high-ranking international match in Vilnius.

August 11-16

«Rebel in Boudoir»; Museum of Applied Art, Arsenalo st. 3A, Vilnius;

New exhibition of the fashion historian Alexandre Vassilliev «Rebel in Boudoir» is dedicated to fashion of the eighth decade of the XX century. This short period of time in terms of style was motley, eclectic and contradictory. The connoisseurs compared it with bubbling boiler of creative thought, peculiar testing polygon of the future fashion. In the eighth decade, it was fought for the rights to expression; however, the uniting fashion concept was missing. It is the time of revolutionary stylish changes in art and fashion: the hippy epoch was changed by folk style; later on, retro and military style spread, together with disco, glam rock and punk styles.

August 10-16:

Butterfly House; Barboros Radvilaitės st. 7, Vilnius;

Colourful tropical butterflies have arrived in Vilnius! Be the first to see them! Exhibition of live, real, multicoloured butterflies is organized in Vilnius. One will see the show of butterflies, which will flutter in the air around you and cheer you with their beautiful colourful wings!

August 12, 7pm

The most delicious cocktail of operettas; St. Catherine‘s Church, Vilniaus st. 30, Vilnius;

The concert features performers Ona Kolobovaite (soprano), Liudas Mikalauskas (bass), Egidijus Bavikinas (tenor), Vytautas Lukocius (piano); Lithuania’s beautiful voices will refresh one with a cocktail mixed from excerpts of the happiest operettas. The trio will turn into charming operetta characters who become embroiled in love triangles, unexpected intrigues, and comical situations… While the cheeky conductor Vytautas Lukočius will take care of an entire orchestra’s sounds through the voice of a single piano. Programme – F. Lehar, J. Strauss, I. Kalman, and others.

August 13, 7pm

Undiscovered treasuries; St. Catherine‘s Church, Vilniaus st. 30, Vilnius;

Armed with their signature music and instruments, three virtuosi –Guoda Gedvilaite (piano), Vytautas Sriubikas (flute) and Mindaugas Backus (cello)- invite one to unveil some undiscovered musical treasures. Pianist Guoda Gedvilaitė, flute player Vytautas Sriubikis and cellist Mindaugas Bačkus decided to take the unbeaten path not by accident. They are convinced that there is a great deal of beautiful chamber music out there, that has yet to be heard…All are invited to join these performers on an intriguing journey where there’ll be plenty of jazz twists and turns, fast paces and wonderful melodies. Programme – R. Peterson, N. Kapustin, and others.

August 14, 7pm

Portugal’s Gem; Summer Terrace, Trakų st. 9 / Kėdainių st. 1, Vilnius;

A Christopher Summer Festival concert, in which singer Mara Pedro will reign supreme. Titled as the country’s gem, M. Pedro shines with an true sincerity, having been blessed with a mature voice and feeling a genuine love for fado – and that’s just what’s needed, so that Southern melodies can be revealed in all their beauty.

August 14, 7.30pm

«Galvė Jazz Fiesta», 2015; Pier at the Royal Garden, Karaimų st. 57, Trakai, Lithuania;

The old capital of Lithuania – Trakai is often recognized not only by the old castles of the city, the ones that witness a history of the country. Not only by a beautiful nature as well. Since 2008 Trakai is well known also because of «Galvė jazz fiesta». It is the only one project in Lithuania where you can enjoy Jazz performed by local and foreign jazz music celebrities while on a boat. Jazz fans go for a journey around Galvė’s lake by boat enjoying not only the music but also a view as Trakai castle, Užutrakis palace, astonishing landscape and sunset.

August 10-16:

«The World According to Fluxus»; National Gallery of Art, Konstitucijos ave. 22, Vilnius;

Exhibition «The World According to Fluxus » showcases more than 600 items selected by curator Liutauras Pšibilskis and is the first comprehensive presentation of the Vilnius Fluxus Collection to a Lithuanian audience. It will allow viewers to become acquainted with these treasures of the Fluxus movement that were acquired by the City of Vilnius in 2007 and are part of the permanent collection of the Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center. The collection was assembled by legendary avant-garde film-maker, artist, critic and curator Jonas Mekas who was a close friend of George Maciunas (Jurgis Mačiūnas). Mekas is the founder and long-time artistic director of Anthology Film Archives in New York and the recipient of numerous international awards including the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and the Arts.

August 11, 13 and 15, 11 am

Vilnius Walking Tours in German; Cathedral Belfry, Cathedral Square;

The tour stretches from the majestic Gediminas’ Tower, which has been glorified in many legends, to a spectacular view of the Old Town with the stops at the Gates of Dawn and its painting of Mother of God, Vilnius University, The President’s Office, Lower Castle, the residence of the Grand Dukes and other great cultural values.

Such tours in Russian will take on August 11, 14, 15

August 11-16 (except Thursday), 3 pm

Vilnius Panoramic Tour; meeting point at Town Hall, Didžioji st. 3, Vilnius;

Vilnius Old Town is surrounded by many hills, which almost every has its own ancient name. This tour covers panoramas from different places around Old town and a visit to the bohemian Vilnius district – the Republic of Užupis, which has its own President and Sherriff. The stops include Vilnius Town Hall square, St. Casimirus street and panorama, Bastion of Vilnius city wall with panorama, Park of ponds, The Constitution of Independent Republic of Užupis, Užupis Art incubator, Square of Tibet, Church of Bartholomew, Panorama from Bekešas Hill and St. Ann‘s Church;

August 14-16;

Karklė Music Festival; Karklė, Klaipeda;

After the last year’s frenzy over the biggest and the only summer music festival in Lithuania taking place on the Baltic coast, Karklė Live Music Beach, three ultimate truths about this unique event were revealed. First – the audience loves it unconditionally, and it’s proven by the fact that already more than half of the tickets are sold to this year’s festival, which will be held, as always, on the weekend of the Assumption Second – the organizers of the event are trying every year to justify expectations of the fans and of the artists, therefore, based on previous years’ experience, are making great efforts to improve its infrastructure, to upgrade locations of the events and to be prepared to withstand any challenges. Third – the festival grows every year in its quality, and this year presents the strongest line-up in the history of Lithuanian festivals, so the Festival fans who were grabbing tickets even before the line-up was disclosed, certainly will not be disappointed. The organizers also add that in this three-day fiesta of music and entertainment, hailed as Lithuanian Woodstock, one thing never changes: «We welcome everybody with the same «hippie» spirit and positive attitude, because music, love and peace will be reigning here again,» – says Marius Tumšys, the initiator of the festival and leader of the organizing team. This year’s headliners – British drum’n’bass band Rudimental. Their singles are frequent guests in the top positions of the charts, and the band with their debut album «Home» (2013) has already managed to collect the main British music and MTV Europe awards. This band has become a particularly welcomed and frequent guest in the major European and world festivals. In June, Rudimental will perform at the famous Glastonbury Festival in England; in July – in London’s Wembley Stadium, where they will appear along with the British music star Ed Sheeran.

August 15-16:

Žolinė Feast (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary), town of Trakai;

Žolinė Feast is a celebration of finishing the work in the fields, thanksgiving for all goodies that summer has brought, sacrificing and consecration of the harvest and at the same time bidding goodbye to herbs and flowers. In Dzūkija this celebration is also called the celebration of Kopūstinė (Cabbages) as it is the time when cabbages are finishing formation of their heads. It is important that they become hard and resist to worms. Therefore women would stroke them believing that this gesture would attract the attention of divine powers and thus everybody will have something to eat during winter time.

August 15, 8am – noon:

Vilnius Collectors Club; Tauras Hill, Vinco Mykolaičio Putino St. 5, Vilnius;

On the Tauras Hill, where the antique lovers’ gathering takes place, one you will be able to 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. The club regularly attracts foreign guests who also bring their collections, change and trade them.

August 15, 10am

Smerties kalnas (Smertis hill); Kaunas;

Extreme biking race is back to Kaunas, the country’s second-largest city. The bravest, fastest and most daring bikers are about to get together for a speedy downhill race. Among the nuggets of the event is Best trick competition. A lot of fun awaits one, the organizers promise’;

August 16, 4pm

Theatrical concert for the whole family; Summer Terrace, Trakų st. 9 / Kėdainių st. 1, Vilnius;

This is a theatrical concert for children in which both, vivacious and lyric songs from performances and concerts created over a decade by Teatriukas troupe will sound. Teatriukas actors will involve all spectators into action – together we will make the fastest exercise in the world, create a poem, try to answer many questions.

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