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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 from October 13 to 19.

October 13:

Kaunas International Film Festival (IFF), Kaunas and Vilnius cinema theatres;

Today, Kaunas IFF is one of Lithuania’s most appreciated film festivals and the main film event in Kaunas. It presents films which have been acclaimed worldwide and also looks for new discoveries. The main priority of Kaunas IFF is a combination of the artistic and social statements in film. The festival continues its strategy to present exclusively Lithuanian or Baltic premiers.

Kaunas IFF is the official festival and distribution partner of the innovative network «Eye on Films», supported by MEDIA Mundus, a member of the CICAE network, and the Lithuanian representative organisation in the European Network of Young Cinema – Nisi Masa. Retrospective programmes combined with panel discussions, master-classes, special lectures represent important tools for film culture revival in Lithuania.

October 13-16:

International Film Festival for Children and Youth;«Skalvija» Cinema Center, Cinema Theatre «Pasaka»;

International Film Festival for Children and Youth is keeping the tradition of quality children cinema culture. It is an invitation to all, including parents and politicians in education, to explore the educational possibilities of the cinema culture. The first and only film festival for youth in Lithuania so far, it is a chance for the youth to take a look at oneself and life as if through a magnifying glass of the cinema screen. It is a necessary and important event in the capital’s cultural life, since it adds to the relatively small amount of quality events for children and youth.

October 14 (7pm) and 18 (6pm):

International M. K. Čiurlionis’ Musical Festival;Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania (Cathedral sq. 4, Vilnius)

The compositions of M. K. Čiurlionio, W. A. Mozart, E. Grieg and other composers are going to be performed by charismatic piano-player Evgeny Starodubtsev, who is the laureate of the last international piano-player and organist competition of M. K. Čiurlionis and who is a fantastic performer of M. K. Čiurlionis music and the promoter of this music, as well as Symphonic Orchestra of National M. K. Čiurlionis Arts School, conducted by Martynas Staškus.

Programme:

October 14: M. K. Čiurlionis – Symphonic poem «Miške» («In the forest»), W. A. Mozart – Concert for grand-piano with orchestra No.19 F-dur K.459, E. Grieg – Suite «Peer Gynt».

October 18: L. van Beethoven – Sonatas op. 31 No. 2 and op. 53 (atl. I. Lazko), M. K. Čiurlionis – Impromptu (atl. I.Lazko-A.Žvirblytės duet), A. Dvoržak – The dances of the Slavs (atl. I.Lazko-A.Žvirblytės duet).

October 15-19:

The International Festival «Vilnius Jazz»; various venues;

Founded in 1987, «Vilnius Jazz» is the oldest annual jazz festival held in Vilnius. It is an exceptional event in Lithuania that provides a broad perspective on contemporary trends in jazz from all over the world. Over the years «Vilnius Jazz» has earned a reputation as a radical avant-garde festival oriented towards novelty and limit-stretching creativity. The stylistic boundaries of jazz and free improvised music are often crossed and expanded here by offering joint projects with musicians from the academic, ethnic, rock and industrial music backgrounds.

Attracting an audience of around 5,000 each year, «Vilnius Jazz» has played a formative role for several generations of jazz fans. It has also to its credit helped develop local players who have then moved onto performing in other European venues and international jazz groups. «Vilnius Jazz»is also inextricably linked with the development of a distinctive «Vilnius jazz» school.

October 17, 7pm:

Petras and Lukas Geniušas Performance; Vilnius Congress Hall;

The concert of this evening is a pure gift for the music lovers. We will enjoy the flawless technique of two wonderful and also very different in their interpretation pianists, and it‘s a rare chance to witness this intimate bond of father and son performing together, and their incredibly subtle dialogue.

Among the pianists Petras Geniušas is famous with his versatility and constant, often risky hunting for new forms of expression, and extraordinary discoveries, musical and spiritual ones. His son Lukas Geniušas has started to play piano at the age of 5, and just after one year he was already performing. He is famous for his impressive skills, style, intellectual approach, and the perfect harmony of his temperament, emotions and logic. This evening dedicated to piano music you will hear even three concerts starting with classic wunderkind Mozart, romantic Tchaikovsky, and ending with the rebel of his time Prokofiev.

October 19, 4pm:

Two Lithuanian basketball giants Kaunas «Žalgiris» and Vilnius «Lietuvos rytas» meet in a LKL Lithuanian Basketball League match in Siemens Arena (Vilnius) before a 15-thousand-large fan crowd.

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