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Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. Vilnius International Film Festival «Kino Pavasaris»

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BNN offers you a selection of cultural events in Lithuania for the week between March 20 and March 27.

March 20, 8 pm:

Tom Odell – Wrong Crowd Tour (Tomo Odelo Ne Tos Minios koncertas); Concert Hall «Compensa» (Koncertų salė «Kompensa») (www.compensakoncertusale.lt/en), Kernavės g. 84, Vilnius;

A well-known British song writer and performer, the first male musician who received BRITs Critics’ Choice and Ivor Novello awards, Tom Odell will organise his first concert in Lithuania. In the concert, T. Odell will not only present the second studio album Wrong Crowd released this summer, but will also perform hits from the first debut record Long Way Down sold in platinum edition.

March 20-27:

Francophonie Days (Prancūzų kalbos mylėtojų dienos); various Vilnius venues;

Francophones living here and in other countries continue meeting in Vilnius in the events devoted to the French Language, which unites 274 million of people worldwide and millions of people from 84 countries that belong to the International Francophonie organisation.

March 21, 6. 30 pm:

Performance «Boris Godunov» (Spektaklis «Borisas Godunovas»); Lithuanian National Drama Theatre (Lietuvos Nacionalinis Dramos Teatras) (www.teatras.lt/en), Gedimino pr. 4, Vilnius;

«Boris Godunov» is a performance based on a historical play of the same title written by the Russian writer Alexander Pushkin. Based on historical facts, the play speaks of the period in Russian history, which is distinguished by an intense and cruel fight for power between influential rulers. Pushkin wrote «Boris Godunov» in 1825 relying on two historical sources: Nikolay Karamzin’s «History of the Russian State» and old chronicles…

March 22-24, 6 pm:

Musical «Addams Family» (Miuziklas «Adamsų Šeimynėlė»), Kaunas Music Drama Theatre (Kauno Muzikinis Dramos Teatras), Laisvės al. 71, Kaunas;

The Addams is a close-knit extended family with macabre interests and supernatural abilities. No explanation for their powers is explicitly given in the series. The very wealthy, endlessly enthusiastic Gomez Addams (John Astin) is madly in love with his refined wife, Morticia, née Frump (Carolyn Jones)…Much of the humour derives from their culture clash with the rest of the world…

March 22-27:

International Music Festival «Sugrįžimai» (Tarptautinos muzikos festivalis «Sugrįžimai»); various Vilnius venues;

After re-establishing of the Independence, emigrant musicians started visiting Lithuania and the roads for the gifted young people were open to the studies abroad. From that time Lithuanian Musician Support Fund started organizing International Music Festival «Sugrįžimai», inviting the young people who were studying and working abroad as well as older emigrants of the second and third generation.

March 23- 27:

Vilnius International Film Festival «Kino Pavasaris» (Vilniaus tarptautinis kino festivalis «Kino pavasaris»); Vilnius cinema theatres;

Vilnius International Film Festival (Vilnius IFF) «Kino Pavasaris» is unquestionably one of the most anticipated annual cultural events in Lithuania. Now in its 22nd year, it is the largest cinematic event in the country, known and loved for its high quality film programme and rich accompanying package of cinema-related events, workshops, and special initiatives. Each year Vilnius IFF presents more than 200 films divided into a range of categories, from Masters and Critic’s Choice to Hot Documentaries, Shorts and much more.

March 23, 7 pm:

Concert by Gregory Leps (Grigorijaus Lepso koncertas); «Švyturys» arena (www.svyturioarena.lt/en), Dubysos g. 10, Klaipėda;

Grehoryj Leps remains one of the hottest performers of the Russian pop stage and the concert in Klaipėda will be special – the star will be celebrating his 53th birthday on the stage…

March 24, 7 pm:

Debussy Opera «Pelleas et Melisande» (Opera «Peleas ir Melizanda»); Congress Hall (Kongresų Rūmai) (www.lvso.lt/en), Vilniaus g. 6/16, Vilnius;

The only K. Debussy opera Pelléas et Mélisande is an exceptional work of the Bohemians. Never performed in Vilnius creation is put on airs in many world theatres as the Olympus of mastery. It is a chamber, impressionistic, psychological family drama containing big emotional charge and deep inner content. This opera is created like a drama performance. Vilnius City Opera presents minimalistic, intimate, but dramatically expressive presentation of this opera the style of which reminds films of A. Tarkovski.

March 24, midnight:

Festival «Cinema Spring» (Festival «Kino pavasaris»); «Forum Cinemas» Kaunas («Forum» kino teatras), Mindaugo g. 49, Kaunas;

It is a night to spend in the cinema theatre cuddling with the loved one next to you and savouring the best films on the screen…

March 25, 2 pm:

The Stork Welcoming Day (Gandrų pasveikinimo diena); Lietuvos liaudies buities muziejus (Lithuanian ethnographic museum); Aukštaitijos kaimas, Rumšiskės, Kaunas district;

Returning storks mark a comeback of spring and the event will be full of fun and amusement. The participants will be encouraged to look for the stork’s gifts and taste the foods dedicated for the stork…

March 25, 6 pm:

Operetta «Wiener Blut» (Operetė «Vienos kraujas»); Kaunas Music Drama Theatre (Kauno Muzikinis Dramos Teatras), Laisvės al. 71, Kaunas;

«Let’s make love, not war», declared participants of the Congress of Vienna in the fall of 1814, acting as main characters in this operetta. Wiener Blut is Johann Strauss’s third operetta that has triumphantly travelled across the world. « In contrast to the tedium of daily routines, operetta is an entertainment and merrymaking!» said the director of this performance. Written to a humorous and mirthful libretto, full of amusing intrigues, this music displays a string of uplifting motives that are sung, hummed and whistled around the world to a rhythm of waltz.

March 25, 7pm:

Concert to Mark the 90th Anniversary of Mstislav Rostropovich (Koncertas paminėti Mstislavo Rostropovičiaus 90-ąsias metines); Lithuanian National Philharmonic (Lietuvos Nacionalinė Filharmonija) (www.filharmonija.lt/en), Aušros Vartų g. 5, Vilnius;

The Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society and musicians dedicate this concert to the memory of Mstislav Rostropovich (1927–2007), a long-time friend and like-minded colleague, the legendary cellist and conductor, world-renowned musician and humanist.  The performers of the concert at the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra are soloist Sergej Krylov and conductor Robertas Šervenikas, both of which had a special bond with Rostropovich.

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