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.
So far, almost all of the 57 countries which Linas Adomaitis has traveled to confirmed the belief of the musician that the second largest cities are unique. Kaunas, for that matter, is not an exception. A conversation with a music performer, composer, and producer, who grew up and started his musical path here, about the childhood pranks, musical opportunities, that opened in Kaunas, and love for his hometown.Read more
A swimmer Rūta Meilutytė is convinced that sports culture in Lithuania and Kaunas, in particular, is taking the right direction. A conversation with a multiple European and World record swimmer about her hometown Kaunas, sports culture in Lithuania, and possibilities for innovation in the field.Read more
Photojournalist Artūras Morozovas believes that social topics can be discussed everywhere and the whole social stratification in our society. An interview with the photographer who has recorded the conflicts of Georgia and Ukraine. An interesting talk about the war, the role of culture in various conflict zones as well as Artūras’ local Kalnieciai micro district and its uniqueness.Read more
A British journalist Richard Green who came to Lithuania for the first time by accident and has been coming back for decades since believes that Kaunas is a city full of curiosities worth recording. An interview with a passionate traveller on the positive side of immigration, globally growing multiculturalism, and Kaunas, the city that is great even for winter visits…Read more
Kaunas resident Inga Turminienė studied economics, later finished culinary classes, went to Copenhagen for an internship at one of the most famous restaurants in the world, and realised her childhood dream to open a restaurant. Inga Turminienė – the founder and chef of Ieti restaurant – is convinced: food makes a big part of any community’s culture, and it is important to everyone.