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BNN offers you a selection of cultural and sports events in Lithuania for the week during January 2-8.

January 2-8:

International Exhibition of Medals Dedicated to the Memory of Boris Schatz (Tarptautinė medalių paroda atminti Boriso Satzo prisiminimui); Tolerance Centre (Tolerancijos centras) (www.jmuseum.lt/index.aspx?Lang=EN), Naugarduko g. 10/2, Vilnius;

The International Exhibition of Medals dedicated to the memory of Boris Schatz, opened in the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum Tolerance Center, is simultaneously presented in Sofia and in Jerusalem, where the artist has lived and worked.

January 3, 8 pm:

Concert «In Memoriam of George Michael» (Koncertas Džordžui Maiklui atminti); «Legendos klubas» (www.legendosklubas.lt/en), Kalvarijų g. 85, Vilnius;

This Christmas to George Michael, a pop music legend who has inspired the most romantic and dreamy feelings to the millions of fans of this singer, was the last one to music’s great as in his most famous song «Last Christmas». In the concert «George Michael In Memoriam», his most famous compositions shall be performed by Sasha Song, a well-known Lithuanian singer.

January 2-8:

Exhibition «Collected and Saved» (Paroda «Surinkti ir išsaugoti»); the New Arsenal (Naujasis arsenalas) (www.lnm.lt/en), Arsenalo g. 1, Vilnius;

The exhibition of lawyer Dr. Jaunius Gumbis continues the series of 2012 exhibition. The major part of the collection consists of folk art objects – XVIII–XX century folk sculpture and painting. Part of the collection consists of folk art origins of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania reflective works of art, a number of professional artists’ paintings.

January 6, 5.30 pm:

Christmas Tree Farewell (Atsisveikinimas su Kalėdų eglute); Vilnius Teachers’ House (Vilniaus mokytojų namai) (www.kultura.lt/en/pages/about_us), Vilniaus g. 39/6, Vilnius;

Kakė Makė and Disorder Dwarf characters, loved by the littlest, shall invite children and their parents to say good bye to the Christmas tree till the following year. During the holiday, the biggest snowman shall be made; the participating children shall help the Christmas tree to undress its splendid clothes, share winter impressions and Christmas miracles…

January 7, 4.30 pm:

Christmas Carol Festival (Kalėdinių giesmių festivalis); Klaipėda’s Marry Queen of Peace Church; Rumpiškės g. 6, Klaipėda;

Ecclesiastical choirs shall gather at the Church to show their mastery in performing Christmas carols;

January 7, 6 pm:

Musical «The poor’s opera» (miuziklas «Vargšų opera»); National Kaunas Drama Theatre (Nacionalinis Kauno dramos teatras), Laisvės al. 71, Kaunas;

Described as an adult fairytale, the ballad opera, written in 1728 by English playwright John Gay, mocks the-then corruption, which, well, let’s admit, is invincible, thence the variety of today’s heroes- tricky, salacious, dexterous and wearing multiple masks….

January 7, 6 pm:

«Talking Music» with Vytautas Landsbergis Junior («Kalbanti muzika» su jaunesniuoju Vytautu Landsbergiu); amphitheatre of «Žalgiris» arena («Žalgirio» arenos amfiteatras) (www.zalgirioarena.lt/en), Karaliaus Mindaugo pr. 50, Kaunas;

The series of concert under the name «Kalbanti muzika» focuses on the peculiar communicating with the audience as well as the single onlooker, all of whom shall be engaged in the talking…..

January 7, 6.30 pm:

Opera «Alexander’s Feast» (Opera «Aleksandro Puota»); Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (Lietuvos Ncionalinis Operos ir Baleto teatras) (www.opera.lt/en), A. Vienuolio g. 1, Vilnius;

Music Director and Conductor Rolf Beck (Germany); conductor Vytautas Lukočius; director Kaél Csába (Vengrija); set Designer Éva Szendrényi (Vengrija); costume Designer Juozas Statkevičius; video Designer Demeter Lóránt (Vengrija); light Designer Levas Kleinas; chorus Master Česlovas Radžiūnas

«Alexander’s Feast» is one of the most popular works by George Frederic Handel that was very well received by the public already after its premiere at the Opera of Covent Garden (London) in 1736. It is Handel’s first work that was written after the text of English poet John Dryden; moreover, during the first concerts this work was performed exclusively by English artists; now, the opera shall fascinate the Lithuanian audience…

January 7, 7 pm:

A/CH Dance Performance «Othello» (Šokio spektaklis «Otelas»); Žvejų rūmai (www.zvejurumai.lt/en), Taikos pr. 70, Klaipėda;

The Klaipėda venue presents a major new production of William Shakespeare’s celebrated play about the destructive power of jealousy- all being exposed in dance….

January 8:

The 6th J. S. Bach Music Festival (Johano Sebastjano Bacho muzikos festivalis); various Vilnius venues;

J. 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. Under the artistic direction of Algirdas Vizgirda, a flutist and artistic director of the Musica Humana ensemble, over a few years J. S. Bach Music Week has grown into an international J. S. Bach Music Festival. This year, the festival shall take 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).

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