Brigitte Christensen and Nikola Diklic: The theatre that is capable to reveal potential in every one of us

“Eutopia” is a multicultural project that has aroused in the context of  “Aarhus – European Capital of Culture 2017”. Led by cinema and theatre actress and director Brigitte Christensen, and musician and composer Nikola Diklic, “Eutopia” initiates various artistic projects in order to create a room for divers encounters and inspire cultural changes within the local community. In the following interview, the presenters of  “Kaunas – European Capital of Culture” Forum (organised in May, 2018), Brigitte Christensen and Nikola Diklic, shared their experience in community plays building and creating life-changing experiences through theatre. Read more

International Youth Camp “100 First Times”: Personal Discoveries and A Great Deal More of Things To Try Out

One hundred new – and mostly unexpected – things in one week. Is it possible? The first international youth camp “100 First Times” that has taken place from July 7 to 14 in Kaunas and Kaunas District (Lithuania) proven that everything is possible. Organised by Kaunas 2022, an enterprise which is guiding Lithuania’s second largest city to 2022, when it will become the European Capital of Culture, the camp presented an extended programme for participants from 26 countries. Read more

Talking Heritage, PVC Windows, Kaunas and Asmara

On June 25-29, 2018, the inaugural summer school for students of architecture and heritage protection, as well as professionals in associated fields, takes place in Kaunas. The project is part of the Modernism for the Future program of Kaunas 2022, an institution preparing for the year 2022 when Kaunas will take the seat of European Capital of Culture. Furthermore, the summer school pays respect and celebrates 2018, the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Together with local curators and lecturers, two architecture and heritage professionals from the UK have been tutoring at the summer school. We had the privilege to sit down with Hannah Corlett and Edward Dennison, both representing The Bartlett School of Architecture of University College London (UCL) and discuss the issues of Kaunas touched by the participants of the school. The students, divided into four groups, have been investigating four historical plots in the centre of Kaunas and trying to find development perspectives for them.Read more

teamLab: the philosophy of borderlessness

teamLab is an interdisciplinary art collective from Japan. By creating immersive digital art installations all around the world, the collective tries to break boundaries between people, nature and art, and to explore new relationships between human and nature, oneself and the world. In the following interview with Takashi Kudo, the Communication Director of teamLab, who has recently presented teamLab activities in Kaunas – European Capital of Culture Forum, we discussed teamLab’s philosophy, the capacity of digital art and boundaries that are ought to be broken. Read more

MATTERS_: Open call for sound artists

Matters_, “Kaunas 2022” platform for industrial culture, is announcing an open call for (a) sound artist(s), experimental musicians, industrial music composers, sound collectors, and others to participate in a 2 week sound residency to take place through 10 – 24, August, 2018 in Kaunas, Lithuania.Read more

The Inaugural European Capital of Culture Forum: Success!

On May 18-20, the first ever European Capital of Culture Forum took place in Kaunas, a city that will become the European Capital of Culture in 2022. The heads of ten culture capitals, participants from 15 EU states, politicians, culture operators, artists and other public figures participated in an intense yet nonchalant event hosted in the amphitheatre of Žalgirio arena.Read more

“Contentment and happiness come about, first of all, through the sense of security”, Says EIDD Ambassador Pete Kercher

Pete Kercher, Ambassador for EIDD Design For All Europe, first visited Kaunas in April. He was invited by the Kaunas 2022 team to become a mentor for Designing Happiness workshop called – obviously! – ‘Design for All’. Kercher will be back in Kaunas in May when he’ll take a look at what the workshop participants have come up with in the Diplomatic block of Kaunas and move on to a new location in Vilkija to tackle new problems. During his first visit, we sat down to discuss how happiness can be created and measured – in Kaunas and elsewhere in the world. Read more

Audience Development Expert Agata Etmanowicz: “We should have more faith in people “

Agatha Etmanowicz, Audience Development Specialist and vice president of ‘Impact Foundation’, believes that certain knowledge of audience development strategies is needed for every cultural or artistic institution. Specialist who has organized a creative workshop in Lithuania several months ago, returns to Kaunas, this time as a guest of the European Capital of Culture Forum in Kaunas, and will organize creative workshops for teenagers. In the following interview Agata Etmanowicz shares her thoughts on audience development and its importance for every cultural institution that are facing challenges in order to stay relevant. Read more