N.Žilinskaitė / Gatvės muzikos diena

Spring events

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!

Street Music Day

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.