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Kaunas is making the last steps towards the finish line of “European Capital of Culture 2022” competition and invites you to join the celebration of the finale. On this occasion, on 29th March, at 6 p.m., Kaunas residents and guests are invited to an exciting celebration programme which will take place in Kaunas Town Hall Square.
This survey was prompted by the participation of Kaunas city and district in the contest for European Capital of Culture 2022 title, and the purpose is to understand the cultural climate in various city and district territories. The survey was conducted live, during public events and community gatherings (“ECOC communities laboratory”, Kaunas Autumn Fair, Šančiai micro-district community celebration “Šančinės“, etc.), interviewing the residents live (we are grateful to the ECOC volunteer team, the students of the VMU Faculty of Arts and Department of Public Communication for help), as well as online (the link to the online questionnaire: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegFvLlyRmUpu3O9bzcB_Zw08upvn5h_65fofuPGSLwPsnz1g/viewform
The total number of the respondents who answered the survey questionnaire is 1,473, out of them 76 percent are women, and 24 percent are men. Age groups include: 8 percent of minors, 31 percent of 18-30-year-olds, 41 percent of 31-50-year-olds, 16 percent of 51-64-year-olds, and 5 percent are over 65 years old. The survey involved the residents of all 11 Kaunas city micro-districts (Aleksotas – 90, Dainava – 177, Eiguliai – 138, Gričiupis – 48, Centre – 154, Žaliakalnis – 176, Panemunė – 42, Petrašiūnai – 67, Vilijampolė – 51, Šilainiai – 176, Šančiai – 141), as well as the residents of various Kaunas district Elderships (Garliava – 87, and other districts – 126).
You can find the survey summary below.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.
Mike Robinson, who is the director of the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage as well as special advisor to the UNESCO World Heritage Sustainable Tourism Programme, says that Kaunas has a very interesting story that is worth to be told to the whole world. An interview with heritage specialist about the modern concept of cultural heritage, its impact on our everyday lives, and what can be done to make our city more interesting not only for us but also for the others.Read more
A conversation with Gintarė Masteikaitė about the situation of contemporary performing arts in Kaunas, creative potential that lies in the city, and the barriers that exist between the creators and spectators and are destroying the contemporary art forms.Read more