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Open-Air Gallery, Pandemic-Inspired Cinema, Modern Choreography Shows: Lithuania’s Top 5 Events for Art Enthusiasts

The latest Lithuania tourism campaign promotes an opportunity to stay longer in Lithuania compensating visitors’ third-night stay. As one of the many activity options for an extended stay, the country offers travelers a chance to visit the local art exhibitions and festivals.  

Lithuania is aiming to become the go-to destination for a quick getaway: the country is now offering its visitors an additional night's stay for free. Aside from being known for its lush and diverse nature, Lithuania’s biggest cities stand out for their unusual and bizarre galleries, museums, breathtaking street art, and prominent film festivals. 

We have compiled a list of the top 5 cultural events both in the capital Vilnius and in other biggest Lithuanian cities. 

  • MO Museum. Designed by the so-called architectural wunderkind Daniel Libeskind, the MO Museum is Vilnius' latest gem of architecture. The award-winning structure stands out for its unique interior and exterior design. For instance, the museum’s central staircase—a particularly popular selfie-taking site for Instagrammers—has been modelled after the helix-shaped structure of DNA.
    With a heavy focus on contemporary art, this autumn museum is hosting a photography exhibition, named “Celebrate for Change”, which delves deeper into the concept of celebration and how it frees the celebrating individuals from the usual norms of behavior and social roles. Artistic photography will be complemented by documentary material on various subcultures: from hippies to current youth movements. 
  • Open Gallery. A collaborative project initiated by LOFTAS—one of the city’s most active creative spaces—the Open Gallery’s mission is to invigorate the public’s appreciation of art by placing paintings, sculptures and performances in various unassuming public places. Bringing together talented Lithuanian and foreign artists, it has developed into a widely-acclaimed international open-air gallery of street art, sculptures and installations. With its artworks scattered across the city it provides numerous opportunities for taking like-worthy pictures for social media. 
  • AURA International Dance Festival. Kaunas was awarded the title of the European Capital of Culture for 2022 and while the entire city is bustling in preparation for next year’s events, there is a lot to see here. For instance, the International Dance Festival held from September 30 to October 3 is an annual tradition that enriches the cultural life of Lithuania during the fall. Focusing on contemporary dance, it encourages new formats and forms of expression through choreography performed by dancers from Lithuania and all around the world. This year it invites the audience to an impressive festival's opening in a legendary interwar cinema theater, various night performances and pulsating dance show “L-E-V” created by the famous Israeli choreography star Sharon Eyal and designer of multimedia events Gai Behar. 
  • Film festivals. Human Rights Film Festival “Inconvenient Films”—held on October 13-31—is an annual documentary film festival that takes place across several cities and towns across Lithuania. The festival aims to explore different perspectives on human rights issues around the world through documentary films accompanied by debates with filmmakers, experts, activists, and the audience. For those visiting Lithuania in November, the European Film Forum “Scanorama” offers an opportunity to dive into a wide selection of critically-acclaimed  European films, cinema classics, and best-pics from other continents. 
  • International Festival of Arts “PLArTFORMA”. The annual art festival “PLArTFORMA”—held in Klaipeda from September 17 to October 1—offers a unique opportunity to experience the port town through art. As an interdisciplinary festival, it features performance art, physical theatre, new opera, visual arts and even contemporary circus. This year’s theme of the festival—”reloading” —explores the current liminal state of the world between the pandemic and the post-pandemic realities.