Concerts by world-renowned stars, international sports competitions, city festivals, and top-level conferences – just take you pick!
Contemporary Art Fair ArtVilnius
Include this event in your must-attend list and you will find yourself in the real art hurricane that lasts four days. The international contemporary art fair ArtVilnius, held in the capital city in early June, is the biggest art fair in the Baltic states. It is the place that builds art bridges, rallies the community of artists and art critics, brings the latest art market ideas to Lithuania and organises educational programmes and tours. This fair is a good opportunity to meet the artists face to face and acquire a piece of work directly from the artist’s hands.
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!
In 2022, Kaunas makes a date with Europe. The city, selected to be the capital of culture of the continent, today is getting ready to welcome its guests, share the idea of community and create a brand new content for Kaunas, Lithuania, Europe. The open Tempo Academy of Culture, lectures, discussions, exhibitions, performances and installations, the contemporary myth of Kaunas and the most insane ideas that are brought to life – you must accept this invitation by Kaunas and establish the KAUNtact.
Užgavėnės (Fat Tuesday)
It’s not you we want to scare off. We’re scaring off winter. For many years, we have been driving it away in February, shouting: “Winter, winter, get out of the yard!” Of course, winter doesn’t always surrender, holding out against the people in fancy dress who have gorged on pancakes and the children that go from door to door, asking for treats. Užgavėnės is a traditional celebration that is in our blood and lets adults feel like children again. Who will recognise you behind a mask? You can celebrate Užgavėnės in Rumšiškės – the traditions here never change. If you’re in Samogitia, stop by Lake Plateliai, where you’ll also find some winter fun. Come and burn your misery along with Morė, the symbol of evil and all misfortune.