When the days in Lithuania brighten up and the spring rains wash off winter’s dust, we start getting ready for long evenings out in the fresh air. The stages of the street welcome those who leave the winter halls behind, singing, jazzing and strumming guitars. Art, design, folklore, Lindy hop, sutartinės, hot air balloons, and kids shouting with joy take to the streets. Reverberating with musical instruments and variegated voices, Street Music Day is expanding out of Vilnius – to other parts of Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine, and with echoes in Georgia, England and Ireland. In Kaunas, the Hanseatic Days foster old traditions and knight fights, the bank of the Nemunas is bedecked with colourful kites, and runners, walkers, cyclists and weightlifters breathe in deeply. It’s impossible to resist the call of spring!
Let’s meet on the third weekend of May. When our cities ring of music. Everyone who knows how to make music grabs an instrument and goes out into the streets. Children and adults, professionals and aspiring artists, with microphones or without, with drums, violins, harps, double bass, or DJ controllers. Classic and jazz, the rumble of African drums and the barely audible echo of a flute, electronic music and folklore, rock and sutartinės. The music draws you in, inviting you to submit yourself to the rhythm, to sing and dance, to join in an improvised percussion parade, or to sit on the cobblestone of the Old Town so you can close your eyes and dream. Originally held in Vilnius, Street Music Day has moved not only to other Lithuanian cities and towns, but to Lithuanian communities abroad as well. And Riga, Minsk, Tbilisi and Dublin have followed Lithuania’s example.
.Inspired by the nature awakening in spring, people also came out of the homes and hold one of the largest and most beautiful fairs – Saint Casimir's Fair (Kaziuko muge). The three-day event held in major cities of Lithuania turns their central squares into a colourful feast of verba (Palm Sunday flowers), adorn with pot paintings and wood carvings, and flavours of delicious bagels. The fair is filled with songs, dances, voices and echoes with good emotions and contagious laugh – check out the festival at the end of winter and celebrate together.
The largest and most important film event in Lithuania will be inviting viewers to cinemas in 2019 for the 24th time. Over the course of two weeks, the festival presents more than 200 short and feature-length films, including both strong debuts and the work of recognised masters. The country’s most important film premieres also take place at the festival every year.
Kino Pavasaris is a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the latest trends in the cinema world, to see the most popular films, to interact with recognised film-makers, and to meet and exchange experiences with like-minded people.