Theatre director, actor and teacher Gytis Padegimas is convinced, that in Kaunas, tradition and innovation go hand in hand. That is why the city can be very interesting to a variety of people. A conversation about his childhood in Kaunas, city’s residents and flavours, artist’s routine today, and Kaunas’ signs of distinction.Read more
Interview author Vaida Milkova (daily “Kauno diena”)
“We are spreading the mycelium of ambassadors to cover Kaunas as much as possible,” architect Audra Kaušpėdienė vividly explains her current occupation upon becoming a president of ambassadors “Kaunas 2022”. Read more
On Friday afternoon, the ambassadors of Kaunas 2022 met for their first dinner in the terrace of IETI restaurant in the Old Town. Famous actors, journalists, artists, businessmen, and other public figures came to the festive dinner with a noble mission – to get acquainted with each other and choose an ambassador who would become the president of Kaunas 2022 ambassadors for one year, and most importantly to share their ideas on how to contribute to Kaunas’ transition from temporary to contemporary capital.Read more
The freshly launched “Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022” project Fluxus Labs invites to its the first meetings. During the project up until 2022, Kaunas city and district’s libraries, cultural centres, cafes, private garages, deserted school buildings will become creative laboratories.Read more
Bella Shirin was born in Kaunas after her parents returned to the city from a concentration camp. During the Soviet era, Bella’s family was one of the first that was allowed to leave to Israel. However, even after she had adapted to life abroad, she has always kept the love for her hometown alive. A conversation with a charismatic Kaunas resident about nostalgia for native Kaunas and the decades-long journey home.
“A few days ago, while walking down the Laisvės (Eng. Liberty) Avenue, I recalled an episode from my childhood. I was eight or nine years old then. The friends of my parents came and they spoke about the USA, New York, as of the center of the world. I got angry and told them they have disappointed me. Lithuania and Kaunas are the center of the world. I was born and grew up here. It is time for Kaunas to wake up. Kaunas will definitely become the European Capital of Culture in 2022. Culture allows you to learn and grow as a personality, therefore, my personal commitment is to work for it and make it spread on the international level. We all have to contribute to make this happen. There is so much creativity, thoughtfulness, and genius in this city. Therefore, I am certain that major international projects can and have to originate here, in our hometown Kaunas. Let every single one of us seek, act, and think about the ways we can contribute instead of a personal benefit!” – Yours Bella
A dancer, choreographer, and dance educator Birutė Letukaitė is convinced that Kaunas – which has already had its golden age – can again become a modern city, which sets cultural trends. A conversation with the founder and head of AURA theatre about the daily challenges that many contemporary dance creators meet and inspiration sources that lie in every step.
Stage and screen actor Dainius Gavenonis, who has recently presented his latest film Senekos diena (Seneca’s Day) in film theatre Romuva, thinks that for Kaunas to become the Capital of Culture we need to focus on the city’s internal culture, first of all, and only later on its appearance. A conversation with Kaunas born actor about his childhood, theatre issues of today, and search for the future theatre.
Musical duo Golden Parazyth (Giedrius Širka and Aurimas Vilkišius) is convinced that Kaunas could become a real cultural Mecca. The city simply needs to use the potential it already has. A conversation with Kaunas 2022’s ambassadors about the search for the dialogue between politicians and cultural agents, the challenges that contemporary Lithuanian musicians meet, and timeless city symbols.Read more