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Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. Midsummer Festivals around Lithuania

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Author: AFP/SCANPIXBNN offers you a selection of cultural and sports events in Lithuania for the week during June 22-28

June 23, 6.30

«Rasos» (Midsummer) Festival; Verkiai Park, Vilnius;

The traditional Midsummer festival will take place in Verkiai Park in Vilnius. For the fifteenth midsummer already, when nature and plants are thriving, growing and bathing in dew, one is invited to have the most archaic celebration of the shortest night, known as the Solstice celebration. One will be able to twine traditional wreaths, collect nine grasses, take a hamper and with your families and friends come to the Verkiai park redolent of lime trees. During the evening, herbs will be picked and fortunes from them will be told with feast extending well into the wee hours. They will include, among other things, drinking herbal tea and dancing round dances of Kupolė, the fire altar of Lizdeika, an old Lithuania’s fortune-teller, who suggested Gediminas building a town which later became known as Vilnius. Folklore songs will see the evening sun off, dancers will be frolicking around the fire and wreaths will be laid down and floated in the Neris River.

June 23, 6.30

«Rasos» Festival; Cultural Reserve of Kernavė, Kernavė;

Known also as Midsummer Festival the celebration is held in Cultural Reserve of Kernavė according to the ancient Lithuanian customs that have been preserved by the indigenous people of the settlement. During the festival, wreaths will be twined, fortunes will be told from grasses, Midsummer Day rounds will be danced, old rituals will be performed, wreaths will be floated down the Neris River, people will look for a magic fern blossom, wash with dew, will greet the rising sun with songs. Well-known folklore ensembles will present their programmes. Most of the participants in the festival usually arrive dressed in national costumes and wearing grass wreaths.

The Schedule of Rasos Celebration (the Midsummer Day)

6.30pm – 7.30 pm: The registration of the participants of the celebration in the yard of the museum.

8pm: The Wheel of the Gates.

8pm-9.40 pm: visiting the fields, games, practicing magical powers at The Great «Kupolė» on the Hill of Fortifications and in the valley of Pajauta.

9.40pm -10 pm: worshiping the sun, setting down, on the mound of the fortification hill.

10.20pm: The lighting up of the sacred fireplace and offerings at the foothill of Sacred Fireplace Hill Mound.

11pm- 1am: the lighting up of the biggest fireplace and hubs on the mounds.

1am-2am: putting the wreaths for floating down the river Neris.

2am-4.30 am: songs, dances, games on the Hill of Fortifications and near the Neris.

4.30am-4.42 am: worshiping of the rising sun, washing with morning dew.

June 24, 1 am

Midsummer Day; The Open Air Museum of Lithuania, Rumšiškės village, Kaišiadorių region;

Rumšiškės Open Air Museum invites one to come together and to remember the traditions of The Midsummer day! Sacral water magic, gathering herbs and meadow flowers, sorcery, fortune-telling (from flowers and wreathes), worshiping the fire, greetings, dedicated to Jonai, and quiz of the Midsummer day, dedicated for the year of ethnographic regions – all that is going to wait for everybody!

June 24, 4 pm

The Solstice, Užutrakis Palace, Trakai;

The folk-jazz program is a continuation of creative cooperation between the well-known performers, which lasted for a couple of years. One is going to hear the old songs of Lithuanian folklore of different genres and the instrumental music – the well-known melodies of traditional repertoire of Lithuanian folklore groups, performed in a new and modern way, by mixing them with the elements of jazz, world and even country music. The Solstice and folk-jazz are the archetypes and 21st century improvisations.

June 22-28:

Three Centuries of Fashion; Museum of Applied Art, Vilnius;

The King of France Louis XIV quipped that fashion was a «mirror of history». This description of fashion as a unique social and artistic expression has not aged in over three centuries. Through his new exhibition spanning the period from the 1740s to 1960s, Alexandre Vassiliev attempts to answer the question, what drives men and women to constantly change their attire and accessories throughout history?

The exhibition at the Museum will take through the pages of fashion history and reveal a whole lot more than you may expect.

June 24-28:

Music Magic Days; Gabija Hotel, Palanga;

For five days, Palanga will be inviting everyone to listen to the country’s best performers, savor the new culinary dishes and sip a glass of wine.

June 25-28:

International Art Fair «ArtVilnius’ 15»; Exhibition and Convention Centre «Litexpo», Vilnius;

«Art Vilnius’15» is pleased to invite one to its 6th edition that will take place from June 25 to June 28, 2015. 65 contemporary and modern art galleries, museums, art foundations and individual artists’ projects from Bielorussia, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine and United Kingdom will fill the 15000 m2 of the Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre Litexpo in Vilnius for a 4 days celebration of art in all its forms of expression.

This year «ArtVilnius’15» has chosen Ukraine to be a guest country. The main contemporary art galleries will display a large spectrum of Ukraine’s contemporary art scene. The programme of the Art Fair also includes a number of conferences and public discussions, an interactive educational programme, side events and performances held by the participating galleries and artists, as well as the annual awards ceremony for best galleries and artists of 2015.

June 23, 26 and 27, 11am -1 pm

Vilnius Walking Tours in Russian; the Cathedral Belfry, Vilnius;

If you came to Vilnius on your own and want to become acquainted with the city, to see its most beautiful sites- get all the information in Russian, then the tour, to be taking place every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday is definitely for you. Among the sights of interest in the Old Town, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, are majestic Gediminas’ Tower, the Gates of Dawn, the President’s Office, the residence of the Grand Dukes and a handful other places.

Similar tours also take place on different days for German and English speakers.

June 27, 8am-noon

Vilnius Collectors Club; Tauras Hill, Vilnius;

Vilnius Collectors Club invites everyone who wishes to visit the collectors’ event, which takes place every Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. on Tauras hill (Vinco Mykolaičio Putino St. 5). One will be able to find various coins, banknotes, stamps, postcards, vintage dinnerware, furniture, medals, awards, military insignia, silverware, porcelain, household appliances, watches, musical records, paintings, artwork, tools, utensils, etc. By engaging in conversation you will learn the history and circumstances of those times, the purpose of the objects and their value, current news and other interesting information. The club regularly attracts foreign guests who also bring their collections, change and trade them.

June 27, 9am

«Around the world», Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas;

An event, organized by the international student organization AIESEC, known as the summer camp «Around the World» will bring in the coachers from all over the world, who will read lectures on team-work, leadership, entrepreneurialism and cultural conscience.

June 28,10am

Sunday is a day of sport; Gediminas Avenue, Vilnius;

Till autumn Gediminas Avenue has become an excellent zone for every habitant of Vilnius and city guest to spend the leisure time, where everybody can go in for sports, play various games and just have a wonderful Sunday afternoon. In Gediminas Avenue one can learn not only how to dance, to get to know the subtleties of various martial arts techniques, participate in each time different work-outs, exercises, but together with your friends and family you can also play badminton, table football, tennis and try many other programs, which every Sunday is different.

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    Midsummer is commonly called John’s Day, „Rasos“ or „Joninės“ in Lithuania. It is celebrated in the night from the 23rd of June to the 24th of June and on the 24th June, when day is the longest and night is the shortest (summer solstice).

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