Our summers are short. That’s why we rush to feel them, enjoy them and experience them, and to sing and run our hearts out. We don’t sleep much, drowning ourselves in Culture Night and listening to music in blossoming botanical gardens, old monasteries and industrial regions. During the summertime, events move to the shore – we wave to the ships that have raised their sails and envelope ourselves in the frenzy of the Sea Festival and the rhythm of contemporary music on the beaches. Car and motorcycle racing, running paths in the Lithuania’s green forests, yacht and kiteboard competitions in the Curonian Lagoon, and knight tournaments at hill forts – every weekend in summer is dedicated to making exciting memories. So that we have something to keep us warm in the winter.
Have you heard the sound of a choir of 20,000 singers? Have you ever seen a single dance performed by more than 9,000 dancers? Song festivals are an old tradition of ours that delight and amaze with their magnificence. They serve as proof of how we preserve our traditions and our language, and how musical we are. Old and new generation songs and dances, traditional crafts, wild flowers and new acquaintances – in summer, Vilnius sings with the voices of all of Lithuania. The festivals take place every four years, with the next one coming up in 2022 – don’t miss it!