Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. International Festival for Children and Youth «Kitoks 2017»
International Festival for Children and Youth «Kitoks 2017» (Tarptautinis vaikų ir jaunimo festivalis «Kitoks 201 »); Arts Printing House (Menų spaustuvė) (www.menuspaustuve.lt/en), Šiltadaržio g. 6, Vilnius;
The festival starts off with a short wacky performance by Belgium’s TOF Theatre. It invites the audience, both children and adults, to try their hand at making their own puppets. Eighteen crazy minutes to recount the mishaps of a puppet under construction who decides to make a stab at finishing up the job himself… Eighteen minutes during which the character struggles with the elements, with the material, the objects, and sometimes even with the manipulators themselves, to the point of tyrannizing them…
Nordic-Baltic Contemporary Art Exhibition «(In) Visible Dreams and Streams» (Šiaurės-Baltijos šiuolaikinė meno paroda «(Ne) Matomos svajonės ir srautai»; Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) (Šiuolaikinio meno centras) (www.cac.lt/en), Vokiečių g. 2, Vilnius;
The idea to create this exhibition was born in connection with the 25th anniversary of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Offices in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, celebrated in 2016. The project aims to highlight the recent and current processes of the cooperation among the artists and culture operators in the Nordic-Baltic region. The exhibition is devoted to and based on the module of Mobility Funding which is part of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture and which has been operating in Baltic countries since 2009 and in the Nordic countries since 2007.
The 6th J. S. Bach Music Festival (Johano Sebastjano Bacho muzikos festivalis); various Vilnius venues and Trakai;
1st S. Bach Music Festival in Vilnius is an annual event celebrating artistic inspiration, providing the stage for exciting initiatives and featuring conceptually compelling programmes, with particular focus on the music of the great German composer. This year, the festival takes place in Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall (Aušros Vartų g. 5), Museum of Applied Arts and Design (Arsenalo g. 3A, Vilnius), Church of All Saints Vilnius (Rūdninkų g. 20) and Great Hall of the Trakai Island Castle (Trakai, Island on Lake Galvė);
January 11, 6.30 pm:
Opera «La Traviata» (Opera «La Traviata»); Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (Nacionalinis Operos ir Baleto Teatras) (www.opera.lt/en), A. Vienuolio g. 1, Vilnius;
Music director and conductor – Robertas Šervenikas; director, choreographer – Chen Shi-Zheng (USA/China); set Designer Walt Spangler (USA); costume designer Elizabeth Caitlin Ward (USA); lighting designer – Scott Zielinski (USA); video designer – Leigh Haas (Germany /UK); chorus master – Česlovas Radžiūnas;
«La Traviata» (The Fallen Woman) is the eighteenth of Verdi’s operas and the first one to draw on the reality of the day. «La Traviata» was put on at the Lithuanian Opera and Ballet in 1920, 1931, 1952, 1974, 1980 and 1992; on 31 December 2005 and January 2006 we presented a production by the English National Opera. Traditionally showcased at each New Year’s Eve until 2002, this opera received the largest number of performances on our stage ever…
January 11, 7 pm:
Orthodox Christmas in Lithuania «Festival’s Spectacular Final Concert» (Stačiatikių Kalėdos Lietuvoje «Festivalio įspūdingas paskutinis koncertas»; Lithuanian National Philharmonic (Lietuvos Nacionalinė Filharmonija) (www.filharmonija.lt/en), Aušros Vartų g. 5, Vilnius;
The Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall’s International program «Dialogue of Cultures» together with the Lithuanian Council for Culture, Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, and the Embassy of Lithuania will present the audience the «Orthodox Christmas in Lithuania» festival’s spectacular final concert. In July 2016, the world-famous Russian pianist, soloist of the Moscow Academic Philharmonic Andrei Gugnin, became the Sydney International Piano Competition winner and 4 special prize-winner and received a lot of positive feedback. Andrei Gugnin’s name is widely known both in Russia and abroad. Artist is a laureate of many international competitions.
January 12, 6.30:
Performance «Day without lies» (Spektaklis «Diena be melo»); Girstučio rumai (www.girstutis.lt/en), Kovo 11-osios g. 26, Kaunas;
Do you imagine a day without lies from the mouths of people you love, the boss you loathe and the TV screen that submerses you daily in the ocean of, well, what you think is all lies?… «Domino theatre» wants to invite to its performance that will be lies-free…
January 12, 8 pm:
In Memoriam of the Victims of the Soviets-led January 13th Massacre (Koncertas atminti Sausio 13-osios sovietinės armijos kruvino išpuolio aukoms); St. Johns’ Church (Šventų Jonų bažnyčia), Vilnius;
Performers include Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Vilnius State Choir and Wind Group of the Guard of Honour Orchestra of the Lithuanian Armed Forces; conductor Artūras Dambrauskas and the programme includes Karl Jenkins’ «Requiem».
January 13, 10 pm:
Concert «Anga» (Koncertas «Anga»); «Raketa» bar (Baras «Raketa»), Bangu 5a, Klaipėda;
A joint Lithuanian and Scandinavian project invites all wishing to experience a fantastic symbiosis of flute, guitar, and fortepiano and drums….
January 14, 7 pm:
Concert «Orchestra Zoomed In» (Koncertas «Priartintas koncertas»); Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall (Lietuvos Nacionalinė Filharmonija) (www.filharmonija.lt/en), Vilnius;
«Let’s get acquainted with the orchestra» is the motto of the concert. Tonight the musicians of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO) appear as soloists accompanied by their colleagues and Maestro Modestas Pitrėnas. Having earned genuine admiration of the audience over the years, «Orchestra Zoomed In» opens the stage for talented string and wind players of the orchestra showcasing their professional skill…
January 14, 10 pm:
Aleksandras Makejev Live Music Concert (Aleksandro Makejevo koncertas); Džem Pub (Džem baras), Laisvės al. 59, Kaunas;
The concert might be not for you if you are a sucker for pop music. The singer shall drill your soul with the songs about violence, sex, drugs and the dredges of the society. No censorship whatsoever! To further deter you, Makejev introduces himself as a «dumb a** from Trakai»; the latter is a picturesque town in the vicinity of Vilnius…
January 14, 10 pm:
Concert in Russian «Staryj Novyj God» (Koncertas rusų kalba «Seni nauji metai»); entertainment centre «Nesė pramogų bankas» (pramogų centras «Nesė pramogų bankas») (www.nesepb.lt/npb-klaipeda-en), Turgaus g. 1, Klaipėda;
The Lithuanian seaport’s entertainment oasis offers a variety of entertainment 24 hours a day and, with the Orthodox new year in mind, is inviting all to bid farewell to 2016 and embrace 2017…