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Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. Kaunas Hanseatic Days

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BNN offers you a selection of cultural events in Lithuania for the week during May 16 to May 22.

May 16-19:

International Contemporary Dance Festival «New Baltic Dance» («Naujas Baltijos šokis»); various Vilnius venues;

The festival «New Baltic Dance» wraps up the numerous concerts with unforgettable rhythms of dance and  music. The festival has long grown up into one of the main and most prestigious dance festivals in the Baltic Sea area. Programme of the festival is organized by Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and «Vilnius Festivals.»

May 16-19:

Italian Film Festival «Cinemando»; Forum Cinemas Vingis, Savanorių pr. 7, Vilnius;

The Italian Cultural Institute invites one  to the third edition of Cinemando, the Contemporary Italian  Film Festival. The festival is held with the cooperation of the Italian association «Made in Italy» and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism of Italy.

May 16-19:

Theatre Debut Festival of Young Creators «Silence!» («Tylos!»); various Vilnius venues;

Vilnius’ Little Theatre together with Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy present the last set of events of the sixth international theatre debut festival «Silence!» The organizers and participants, who have introduced dozens of various theaters already, still want to hush everyone: «Silence, please! The young creators of the theatre are coming».

May 16-19:

International Poetry Festival «Poetry Spring»; various venues across Lithuania;

«Poetry Spring» is an international poetry festival, taking place annually, organized by Lithuanian writers’ union and Writers’ club. In various spaces the poets of the country and foreign guests, actors read poems as well as discussions and communication with the audience take place.

May 18, 6.30 pm:

Ballet «Eglė The Queen of Grass Snakes» («Eglė Žalčių Karalienė»); Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (http://www.opera.lt/en), A. Vienuolio g.  1, Vilnius;

A ballet in two acts; choreographer George Williamson (UK); music director and Conductor David Geringas (Germany); conductor Martynas Staškus; set and costume Designer Louie Whitemore (UK); light designer Howard Hudson (UK);

May 20, 7 pm:

Night in the Museum; Trakai Island Castle (http://www.trakaimuziejus.lt/#/lan=en/submenu=478/menu=158), Kęstučio g. 4, Trakai

The event is organised under the initiative of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). That day the  Trakai Island Castle’s gates remain open after working hours of the museum are over and its guests can enjoy the extraordinary event. Museum staff and history enthusiasts are dressed in medieval costumes, craftsmen and merchants line up in the courtyard alongside defensive wall, cooks prepare food on fire, recapturing an authentic atmosphere of medieval castle. As it gets darker, the event will continue in a dim light of torches and candles; the usage of electricity is limited to minimum. In the castle, an unusual life for a museum boils up: visitors can talk to the Duke’s painter, meet noble courtiers, play chess with the Duke or talk to a monk… An ominous executioner, the Duke’s joker and other residents of the castle mingle around…

May 20, 10 am:

Kaunas Hansaetic Days; Rotušės (City Town hall) square, Kaunas;

In the old days, at the time of the medieval Heanseatic league, the member towns and cities met on a Hanse Day in order to agree on joint action. The new Hanse has revived this tradition. Every year a different Hanseatic city plays host, enabling members to exchange ideas and experience, make acquaintances and celebrate. This year, it is Kaunas’ turn to take on the event.

May 21:

International Street Musician Day; old cities of major Lithuanian cities;

International Street Musician’s Day is the event which unites all who speak the world’s most universal language – the language of music. In response to the invitation from musician and actor Andrius Mamontovas, professional and amateur musicians flood into the streets, yards, parks and squares of Vilnius as well as the popular hang-around places all over the country. On this day all Lithuanian cities and towns engage into the fest of free creation and socialising between musicians and the public.

May 21, 10 pm:

Concert «On Stage: Linas Adomaitis, Golden Parazyth ir Lemon Joy»; Night Club «Gargaras»; Raudonvario plentas, Kauno district;

Linas Adomaitis and the Lemon Joy band are set to throw out an unforgettable concert with some new songs in the programme.

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