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Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. International Folklore Festival «Skamba, skamba kankliai»

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BNN offers you a selection of cultural events in Lithuania for the week between May 22 and 28.

May 22-28:

International Folklore Festival «Skamba, skamba kankliai»; various venues in Lithuania;

The eldest folklore festival in Lithuania celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. As 2017 is officially announced to celebrate the Year of Hillforts and of the National Costume in Lithuania, the organisers of the festival have also chosen to emphasise these themes. This year’s festival will offer a wide range of events (almost 40 of them) suitable for the representatives of every generation. The first day of the festival, May 23, will be dedicated to remember the roots of Lithuanian traditions. A musical performance will announce the opening of «Skamba skamba kankliai» on Tuesday, May 23, 5 pm, at Vilnius Town Hall.

May 22-28:

Photography Exhibition «In search of the City» (Fotografijos paroda «Ieškant miesto»); Russian Culture Centre (Rusų kultūros centras) (www.rkc.lt/en), Bokšto g. 4, Vilnius;

The exhibition «In Search of the City» consists of pictures taken by Regina Pečiulytė and Fikrat Salimov. The black and white pictures displayed focus upon nostalgic landscapes of Vilnius, mysterious courtyards and streets that seem to be known by all, but captured by the authors’ camera reveal something new…

May 22-28:

Poetry Festival «Poetry Spring 2017» (Poezijos festivalis «Poezijos pavasaris 2017»); various venues throughout Lithuania;

Organised by Lithuanian Writers’ Union and Writers’ Club, the festival continues inviting all to open-air venues to listen to the magic of word…

May 24, 6 pm:

Season Closing Concert of Dance Theatre «Aura» (Baigiamasis šokio teatro «Aura» sezono koncertas) (www.dramosteatras.lt/en/main-page), Kaunas National Drama Theatre (Kauno nacionalinis dramos teatras), Laisvės Alėja 71, Kaunas;

The flagship theatre of Kaunas is about to bid farewell to all of its theatre goers until the fall –the farewell concert promises to be memorable…

May 24, 7 pm:

Performance «Ward No. 6» (Spektaklis «Palata 6»); Kaunas National Drama Theatre (Kauno nacionalinis dramos teatras) (www.dramosteatras.lt/en/repertuaras), Laisvės Alėja 71, Kaunas;

The story by legendary Russian classic Anton Chekhov is set in a provincial mental asylum and explores the philosophical conflict between Ivan Gromov, a patient, and Andrey Ragin, the director of the asylum. Gromov denounces the injustice he sees everywhere, while Dr. Ragin insists on ignoring injustice and other evils; partially as a result of this way of thinking, he neglects to remedy the shoddy conditions of the mental ward…

May 24-26:

Photography Exhibition «Surveillance («Stebėjimas») by Valentyn Odnoviun; Vilnius Photography Gallery (Vilniaus Fotografijos galerija) (www.photogrphy.lt/en), Stiklių g. 4 (entrance from Didžioji g. 19), Vilnius;

Photographer Valentyn Odnoviun is the Grand Prix winner in the photography competition «Debut». During the last few years, the artist’s special interest has been mostly linked with historical or socially engaged events and problems through the «abstract»  image, working with the viewer’s imagination to create more concrete communication with the help of interpretation and conceptual thinking. The project «Surveillance»  consists of the photographs of the solitary walking yards and prison cell door spy holes in former KGB headquarters in Vilnius, Lithuania and other prisons. His works have been exhibited in Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Russia, and USA. Last four years he lives and works in Lithuania.

May 25, 6.30 pm:

Concert «Bethoven. Das Trio» (Koncertas «Bethovenas. Das Trio»); Klaipėdos Koncertų salė (www.koncertusale.lt/en), Šaulių g. 36, Klaipėda;

Violinist Dalia Dėdinskaitė, violist Ugnė Petrauskaitė and cellist Gleb Pyšniak recently formed an ensemble of three soloists. All three musicians are currently appointed leaders of the respective sections in the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra. Avid enthusiasts of chamber music, all three have professed their admiration for Beethoven’s music…

May 26-28:

Palanga’s Summer Season Opening Feast (Palangos sezono atidarymo šventė); Lithuanian resort of Palanga;

Summer has come and Lithuania’s largest resort of Palanga on the Baltic coast invites all to frolic in multiple high summer season-opening activities!

May 26, 7 pm:

Contemporary Street Dance Performance «The Rite of Spring» (Šiuolaikinis gatvės šokio vaidinimas «Pavasario ritualas»); Arts Printing House (Menų spaustuvė) (www.menuspaustuve.lt/en), Šiltadaržio g. 6, Vilnius;

Contemporary street dance performance «The Rite of Spring» based on a ballet and orchestral concert work by composer Igor Stravinsky «The Rite of Spring». Although in Lithuania, like in the rest of the world, «The Rite of Spring» versions have been developed quite a lot, but it will be the first urban interpretation of this classical piece. Idea and choreography are by Laurynas Žakevičius and Airida Gudaitė, well known Lithuanian urban dance artists, who uncover the artistic potential of street dance and introduce it to theatre lovers across the country.

May 27, 10 am:

Putvinskis Street Day (Putvinskio gatvės diena); Putvinskio g. 48, Kaunas;

In a stretch of less than one kilometre, the street houses a museum, a gallery, a university, a hospital, several restaurants, a funicular and several embassies. Now, the organisers of Putvinskis Street Day invite all to rediscover one of the oldest Kaunas streets.

May 27, 6 pm:

Concert of Organ Music (Vargonų muzikos koncertas); Church of St. Johns (Šventų Jonų bažnyčia), Šv. Jono g. 12, Vilnius;

If you are fond of organ music, then this concert will certainly will uplift your spirit. Bring your friends along to experience the celestial bliss!

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