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Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. Accordion Music Festival in Birštonas

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BNN offers you a selection of cultural and sports events in Lithuania for the week during September 26 to October 2.

September 26- October 2:

Jonas Mekas. 365 Day Project (Trijų šimtai šešiasdešimt penkių dienų projektas); Jonas Mekas Visual Art Center (www.mekas.lt), Malūnų g. 8, Vilnius;

Jonas Mekas is undoubtedly one of the greatest film camera virtuosos of the 20th and 21th centuries.  The artist also doesn’t shy away from using a video camera, which during an entire 2007, «wrote» Jonas’ diary with entries about everyday events.  Each day’s video diary entry became a month’s worth and finally, a subjective video chronicle of an entire year… The recorded images in the «right here and now» video diary are intertwined with archival film photo clips, reminiscences, dreams, poetry…

September 27, 7 pm:

Irish band «Girls Names»; Art Meetings Vilnius; Arts Factory «Loftas», Švitrigailos g. 29, Vilnius;

«Girls Names», a four-piece band from Belfast, Northern Ireland formed in 2009, has quickly made it to the headlines. Now the band shall make the hearts of male audience throbbing in the Lithuanian capital…

September 28, 7 pm:

Concert «The Incredible 19th Century» (Koncertas «Neįtikėtinas 19 amžius»); Vaidila Theatre, A. Jakšto g. 9, Vilnius;

After studying violin in Lithuania, France and the United States, Darius Mažintas travelled the world to perform at some of the most prestigious venues, including the Carnegie Hall in New York and the Symphony Hall in Boston. He has played with many orchestras, one of his most memorable concerts being the performance in 2003 of the Piano Concert by Pyotr Tchaikovsky together with the Boston Symphony, widely regarded one of the world’s best orchestras. And now he’s back with the impressive programme to sweet home…

September 28- October 2:

International Vilnius Theatre Festival «Sirenos 2016» (Tarptautinis Vilniaus Teatrų Festivalis «Sirenos 2016»);

various Vilnius venues

As tradition goes, the festival will not let you do that. Everyone who will come to the 13th festival’s performances will be pushed into a continuous flow of news. Why? To make us look inside ourselves for we are the ones who produce the «now” and the «here», and all things hurtful, scary or making us anxious or happy…

September 28, 6.30 pm:

Concert «Japanese gardens» (Koncertas «Japoniški sodai»); Klaipėdos Koncertų Salė, Šaulių g. 36, Klaipėda;

Camilla Hoitenga (flutes, Germany / USA), Norbert Krämer (percussion, Germany); Programme: pieces for piccolo, concert, alto and bass flutes, percussion and electronics by Mike Svoboda, Karola Obermueller, Benjamin Broening, Kaija Saariaho, Mark Chambers, David Bohn, Yoshihiro Kanno, Noriko Nakamura

September 30- October 1:

Vilnius Light Festival «Beepositive»; various Vilnius venues;

«Beepositive», a lighting design and installation festival held every year in Vilnius, invites to creative workshops, educational and cultural programmes, light experiments, craft market and other attractions are delighting children and adults. There shall be more than 50 light installations and around 20 other activities opened for multiple guests…

September 30- October 2:

Art Meetings Vilnius; Arts Factory «Loftas», Švitrigailos g. 29, Vilnius;

Art Meetings is more than just a music festival. It emerged as an idea of multicultural meetings held in Central-Eastern European countries. The festival’s aim is cognition and cooperation of cultures from the same geographical region however divided by historical, social and political conditionings.

October 1, 10.30 am:

St. Francis Day; St. George Church at Kaunas Castle, Pilies g. 17, Kaunas;

For the fourth consecutive year, the square in Kaunas Old City strewn with architectural gems will turn into a yapping and meowing harbour of feline and canine creatures, which, the Church claims, are under protection of St. Francis…

October 1, 11.30 am:

Family Festival «Family Amusement Harbour», Klaipėda, Melnragė;

Filled with sport competitions and lots of amusement, the festival shall attract many Klaipėdians and guests of the seaport to the festival on the outskirts of the city…

October 1, 7 pm:

Accordion Music Festival; Birštonas Townhouse, B. Sruogos g. 2, Birštonas;

How powerful and magic the tunes of accordion can get in skilled hands shall show the festival that, each year, attracts larger audiences…

October 2, 4 pm:

Performance «William Shakespeare.Timon»; The Small Hall of Lithuanian National Drama Theatre (http://www.teatras.lt/en), Gedimino pr. 4 (entrance from Odminių street), Vilnius;

The play delves into the issues of money and personal gain; it questions the nature of human relations and whether they can only be driven by pragmatic needs. Yet to me personally, this play is mostly about a quest for universal eternal love, it is a tale of a person breaking free from money and the world turning around it. Timon is an archetypal story about the world of today, the myth of dependence, freedom and love…

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