BNN offers you a selection of cultural events in Lithuania for the week during April 10 and April 16.
Spanish Culture Festival «Primavera en español» (Ispanų kultūros festivalis «Primavera en español»); Vytautas Magnus University (Vytauto Didžiojo Universitetas); K. Donelaičio 52, Kaunas;
Held for the seventh time, the festival this year focuses on the Spanish language and its cultural importance. One of the key events is a conference dedicated for the Spanish language, «I know Spanish: I learn it, I work with it and travel all over the world with it»;
April 10 -16:
Exhibition «Spirit of Roots&Routes» (Paroda «Dvasia šaknų ir maršrutų»); Kaunas multi-ethnic culture centre (Kauno ivarių kultūrų centras), Šv. Getrūdos 58, Kaunas;
«Roots & Routes» is an international association organising interdisciplinary projects and promoting cultural diversity in art. In the Kaunas exhibition, works of six European artists with the roots in Lithuania will be presented…
Estonia Days in Vilnius (Estijos Dienos Vilniuje); various Vilnius venues;
A range of events highlighting Estonia life will be presented in the Lithuania capital, Vilnius. For example, an exhibition by the Estonian State Archive at Vilnius University’s Library will present archive documents revealing restoration of diplomatic relations between Estonia and Lithuania.
Olfactory Art Exhibition «Hanging Gardens» (Kvepiančio meno paroda «Kabantys Sodai»); Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania (Lietuvos Martyno Mažvydo Nacionalinė Biblioteka) (www.lnb.lt/en), Gedimino pr. 51, Vilnius;
Is it possible to impart the illusion of garden through scents? How important are the smells of gardens and living space for humans? Olfactory (relating to the sense of smell) art is still developing, not yet established but already independent form of art, by now hosting festivals and competitions, yet still a novelty to many in Lithuania. The event’s educational programme including meetings and workshops with people who consider scents and the sense of smell to be important in their creative lives aims to bridge the gaps in understanding what olfactory art is all about.
Novus Music Incubator 2017 (Novus Muzikos Inkubatorius 2017); Arts Factory «Loftas» (Loft) (Meno gamykla-studija «Loftas») (www.menufabrikas.lt/en), Švitrigailos g. 29, Vilnius;
After a greatly successful first year, Novus music incubator is back and said is more mature, more curious, and recently-turned-international, it’s now looking for the most exciting acts from the Baltic countries. As a platform for young musicians, singers and bands, the project searches for new talents and provides an opportunity for musicians to perform on a professionally produced concert at the venue.
International Music Festival «Sugrįžimai» (Coming back) (Tarptautinis muzikos festivalis «Sugįžimai»); various venues;
The restoration of Independence in 1990, which saw more emigrant musicians visiting Lithuania, has spurred the Lithuanian Musician Support Fund to start organizing International Music Festival «Sugrįžimai». Ever since it invites young people who study and work abroad, as well as older emigrants of the second and third generation, to expose their creativity in the Motherland. On April 11, 6.00 p.m., in the Museum of Applied Art and Design, Ensemble «Tutto a Dio» consisting of Greta Staponkutė (viola, Lithuania, Switzerland) Augustinas Rakauskas (accordion, Lithuania, Switzerland) and Neringa Radenaitė (soprano, Lithuania, Italy) will perform.
Exhibition «Antiquity Comes Alive in Slonim. The Tapestries of Michael Kazimierz Oginski» (Paroda «Senovė atgyja Slonime. Michaelio Kazimiero Oginskio gobelenuose»); the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania (Valdovų rūmai) (www.valdovurumai.lt/en), Katedros a. 3, Vilnius;
The international exhibition is dedicated to the tapestry collection of one of the most famous 18th-century state and cultural figures in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the entire Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. It reveals both the scope of his arts patronage, demonstrating his refined taste, and the early cultural heritage traditions of Lithuania, as well as the artistic connections existing in Europe at the time. The most important highlights of this exhibition are seven textiles of exceptional artistic value from a series of 12 tapestries that were miraculously preserved.
Robertas Narkus’ exhibition «Trager» (Roberto Narkaus paroda «Trager»); Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) (Šiuolaikinio meno centras) (www.cac.lt/en), Vokiečių g. 2, Vilnius;
Robertas Narkus (b. 1983 in Vilnius) is an artist known as cofounder of Vilnius Institute of Pataphysics and organiser of artists’ day centre Autarkia. The artist’s first solo exhibition is organised by applying and emulating a business model: it is initiated as an enterprise, a start-up, a technology fair or a gang. Artworks appear as artefacts, trophies and tools – side products, settings and props of this live drama with its particular philosophy, myths, culture, notional products and solutions.
April 14, 7 pm:
Opera Singer Irena Milkevičiūtė’s Anniversary Concert (Operos dainininkės Irenos Milkevičiūtės jubiliejinis koncertas); Congress Hall (Kongresų rūmai) (www.lvso.lt/en), Vilniaus g. 6/16, Vilnius;
The opera soloist and winner of the National Prize Irena Milkevičiūtė will celebrate her anniversary on the stage of the Vilnius Congress Hall. Programme will include works by P. Tchaikovsky, G. Verdi, P. Mascagni et al. During her career, Milkevičiūtė has performed all the most important lyrical and dramatic soprano roles in opera. She has sung at Milan’s famous La Scala Opera Theatre, New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Moscow Grand, St Petersburg Maria, and other famous opera theatres in the world.
April 14, 9 pm:
Beissoul & Einius’ Concert «#asecretcontract Show» (Beissoul koncertas); Klaipėda Culture Fabric (Klaipėdos Kultūros Fabrikas), Bangų g. 5A, Klaipėda;
One of the most promising young-generation Lithuanian performers, Beissoul, has attracted attention of international music impresarios and international magazines, including «Vogue», «Harper`s Bazaar», «Marie Claire», «Playboy», «Style Insider», «Pink» and some others. Now the master of electronic music looks forward to meeting his fans in the Lithuanian seaport…
April 15, 4 pm:
Bodybuilding and Fitness Competition «Fit Model Lietuva» (Kultūrizmo ir Fitneso Varžybos «Fit Model Lietuva»); Bosca Amphitheatre (Bosca ampfiteatras) in «Žalgiris» Arena, Karaliaus Mindaugo pr. 50, Kaunas;
Some of the most chiselled bodies will line up for the coveted trophies of the elegant bodybuilding and fitness competition. The organisers promise many gifts and surprises for the event onlookers.
April 16, 6.30 pm:
Christian Music concert «Resurrected» (Krikščioniškosios muzikos koncertas «Prisikėlęs»); Bosca Amphitheatre (Bosca ampfiteatras) in «Žalgiris» Arena, Karaliaus Mindaugo pr. 50, Kaunas;
The Christian music event will bring some blissful moments for all enjoying the biggest miracle of Easter, the resurrection of the Saviour, who has fallen in love with the humankind undaunted of the sufferings on the cross. The band «Hillsong United», one of the most famous Christian music bands (it is the winner of 2017 Grammy rewards, was nominated for the «Best Contemporary Christian Music Album»), looks forward now to welcoming the Kaunas crowd…