BNN offers you a selection of cultural events in Lithuania for the week during January 4 to January 10.
January 4, 7 pm:
International Ukraine’s support gathering; Romo Kalanta monument; Laisvės a. 93, Kaunas;
The world is off to a New Year, but the military conflict in independent Ukraine persists. To express support for Ukraine, one is invited to come to Romas Kalanta monument and cheer up the Ukrainians standing on the path towards a prosperous independent country;
As Vilnius wishes one a very happy New Year, the Lithuanian capital invites everybody to wrap up the festivities with an outstanding musical program.
January 6, 4.30 pm:
Three Kings Parade; Gates of Dawn to Vilnius Cathedral square;
The culmination of the season – the day of the three magi: Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar. Watch these three-meter high kings parading through the streets to wish you a happy, fruitful, and successful New Year.
January 6, 5.30 pm:
Bye-bye, Christmas tree! The Courtyard of Vilnius teachers’ house;
Don’t throw out your Christmas tree; bring it to the Teachers’ House courtyard on this special day. We will wish all our trees a fond farewell before they are returned to the forest. The Three Kings will visit the children, and thank-you letters will be written to Santa Claus. Let’s play games and have fun!
Christmas Train; Old Town, Vilnius;
The train shall visit all the festive places of Vilnius – Christmas tree and the Christmas teats Village on the Cathedral Square, Christmas Tree-Labyrinth on Vilnius Town Hall Square and other places. Christmas music shall sound in the train, and it shall let you feel like in a fairy-tale. Trip price is 2 euro, children till 7 years old,who do not occupy a place and sit on the knees of parents, shall be able to travel free of charge.
Exhibition «Eternally young! Polish art at the late 19th century – early 20th century»; Vilnius Picture Gallery, Didžioji g. 4, Vilnius;
The Vilnius Art Gallery showcases an exhibition from the National Museum in Krakow. The exhibition will present works of art by O. Boznańsko, J. Fałato, A. Gierymski, J. Mehoffer, F. Ruszczyc, J. Stanisławski, W. Weiss, and a number of other famous painters representing art of the «Young Poland» period. Over 150 examples of painting, graphics, sculpture and applied art are displayed. All exhibition halls in Vilnius, like in the exhibition in Krakow, are devoted to specific topics – especially important in the art of the «Young Poland».
Exhibition «Alchemy of Colours»; the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Katedros g. 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.
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..
Exhibition «Stuck on the Train»; Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vokiečių g. 2, Vilnius;
The exhibition features a series of photographs taken by artist Vytenis Jankūnas while travelling in New York on subway between Queens and Manhattan. Jankūnas (b. 1961) is a Lithuanian artist who has been living in New York for the past 20 years. He graduated from Lithuanian State Art Institute in 1985 and was an active member of the Lithuanian art scene throughout the 1990s, a member of artists’ groups «1» and «School of New Communication». He is exhibiting his work in United States, Lithuania, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Hong Kong, France, United Kingdom and other places.
January 6, 4.30 pm:
Procession of Three Wise Men; The Gates of Dawn (Aušros vartai), Aušros Vartų g. 14, Vilnius;
Festive Christmas’ events in Vilnius traditionally are finished with the traditional parade from The Gates of Dawn through Vilnius old town. The figures of the Three Wise Men, following the Star, become the centre of the parade, which culminates at the Cathedral Square with the traditional performance, depicting the visit the Three Wise Men paid to the Jesus Child. Three Kings Procession starts from the Gates of Dawn and ends at the Cathedral Square.
Exhibition «History of Vilnius cinemas»; National Gallery of Art, Konstitucijos a. 22, Vilnius;
The exhibition presents history of Vilnius cinemas from the first public performances in the end of the 19th century to the present days. Till now, fragmentally researched theme has been disclosed through several aspects looking at cinema not only as an institution operating at a specific venue but especially stressing its importance to dwellers of Vilnius, importance in city’s cultural, political, social life and its change during various historical times. The exposition is made of showpieces, documents, video and audio records kept in personal, public archives and museums.
Exhibition «Shalom, Israel! The Paths of Litvak Artists»; Tolerance Centre, Naugarduko g. 10/2, Vilnius;
The exhibition presents 24 Litvak artists and 37 pieces of art that unveil the two-way development of Jewish art. It illustrates the influence Litvak art had on the art of Israel and the way nature and traditional folk art in Israel changed the artistic expression of Litvak artists. Visitors will have the possibility to admire the works of Marc Chagall, Max Band, Boris Schatz, Emmanuel Mane-Katz, Pinchus Abramovitch and the other artists. These art works belong to the collections of the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum, Lewben Art foundation, Lithuanian Expatriate Art Foundation, law firm Valiunas Ellex and other private art collectors. Most of these works have not yet been exhibited in Lithuania before.
January 9, 6.30 pm:
Alexander’s Feast; Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, A. Vienuolio g. 1, Vilnius;
Alexander’s Feast is one of the most popular works by George Frideric Handel. During his 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. An exclusive creative team of professional artists was brought together to raise Handel’s Alexander’s Feast to life. Music director and conductor of the production is Rolf Beck (who was also leading the production of Johannes’ Passion in 2007), the staging shall be directed by Csaba Kael, with stage designs by Éva Szendrényi and costume designs by Juozas Statkevičius.
Vilnius Collectors Club; Tauras Hill, Vinco Mykolaičio Putino g. 5,Vilnius;
Collectors’ market for various coins, banknotes, stamps, postcards, vintage dinnerware, furniture, medals, awards, military insignia, silverware, porcelain, household appliances, watches, musical records, paintings, artwork, tools, utensils, etc.