G. Nausėda about Kaunas becoming the European Capital of Culture: it is an important mission that will capture the attention of European communities

While visiting Kaunas on Friday, President Gitanas Nausėda met with the team of the Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022 programme.

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The European Capital of Culture Forum 2020 – insights from prominent cultural experts and futuristic scenarios for the future of culture

The European Capital of Culture Forum organised by Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022 and encouraging discussions on the importance of culture is coming back for the third time on 20–22 May with discussions in the virtual space bringing together well-known cultural representatives and dealing with a wide geography of ideas from around the world. For the three days of the Forum, all culture professionals and fans will be invited to take part in five debates covering a wide range of topics: from the role of culture that has emerged during the crisis and funding mechanisms for culture, to the futuristic scenarios for the future of culture.

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Kaunas Birthday Party 2020: Courtyards Opening Up, City Celebrating!

Although the planned traditional event – a three–day fiesta will not take place due to the situation in the country, it is obvious that the quarantine will not prevent Kaunas residents from celebrating the city’s 612th birthday. On this occasion, a joint cultural gift is already being prepared for the 23rd of May. This year, festive initiatives are moving to the courtyards of the blocks of flats, streets of residential areas and virtual space. Cafes and restaurants will also offer safe community dinners in Laisvės Alėja (the Liberty Avenue).

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„Culture in the time of corona“: The European Capital of Culture Forum invites for a discussion on the challenges faced by and the future of culture

The pandemic that has made the world stop not only encouraged the creators of culture to re-examine their mission and quickly find alternative ways of doing things, but opened up the vital necessity of culture and arts for the audience confronted with the crisis. Life has changed unrecognisably: textile factories are making masks, automobile plants are producing respirators, perfumeries are making disinfectants. And what about culture? What significance will culture gain in the post-pandemic world and how will we change as its audience and participants?

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“Culture to the Yards”: Art Brought to Spectators in Balconies

It has been a month since quarantine intruded our daily habits, but life hasn’t stopped. Just like around the world, the homes of residents of Kaunas and Kaunas district have been converted to schools, offices, concert halls and even sports clubs.

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From Kaunas to the World: Culture at Home

The pandemics and the quarantine has had an impact on the activities of many cultural institutions around the world, including the office of “Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022”. Numerous meetings and workshops have been either postponed or transferred online, the travels, both internal and international, have stopped, etc., but the team is still working hard on fulfilling the tasks and rescheduling their plans.

Fact is, the quarantine in Lithuania started a few days before March 20, the International Day of Happiness, which is one of the key events sparked up by “Kaunas 2022”. This year, the city was supposed to celebrate it for the third time in a row. In essence, by ‘the city’, we mean most cultural institutions, many private businesses and thousands of residents in various locations around town. Like all the other public events, this one had to be cancelled, but this is where the communal creativity at the “Kaunas 2022” office came in handy straight away – right away, a project “Culture at Home” was launched.

The ongoing project consists of short video recommendations. Ambassadors of “Kaunas 2022, artists and representatives of festivals and cultural institutions are eagerly their tips and tricks to fight boredom and enhance one’s cultural life while staying at home. Some suggest physical activity, such as sit-up challenges and contemporary dance lessons, while others recommend books remind of various legal music and film streaming services available in Lithuania. Many offer insightful psychological tips on how to cope with isolation and social distancing. Moreover, the “Culture at Home” project has become a fantastic means of sincere self-promotion for theatres, festivals, concert halls, magazines, podcasts and event services, and even attracting new audiences. First, the team of “Kaunas 2022” had to ask people to become video stars, but as soon as the project went online, culture activists began applying themselves. All of the videos – twenty, as we speak – are available on Facebook as well as Instagram.

Suggestions for movie nights: Kaunas 2022 program curators share the most memorable "Žmonės cinema" movies

Quarantine, although adjusted our daily lives, did not stop the culture - after various initiatives moved to virtual space, our houses turned into a concert and cinema halls and a lot of creative events, performances and activities appeared online. So now, one of the difficult tasks is - how to choose from everything?

Curators of “Kaunas - European Capital of Culture 2022“ program will help you discover the best of “Žmonės Cinema“ movies for cozy evenings and weekends at home. Every week, a different Kaunas 2022 program will select and offer you the three most inspiring films that deeply reflect the theme and goals of the program.

You can find all movie suggestions on “Kaunas 2022“ Facebook page. By registering on the Žmonės Cinema“ platform and subscribing to a monthly subscription, you will be able to watch free movies for one month.

Let’s celebrate International Day of Happiness together

We are celebrating the International Day of Happiness for the third time in Kaunas city and its district.

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'Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022' presented its program in Berlin

Existing and forthcoming culture capitals have presented their programs in an encounter of European Capitals of Culture. The event was held in December at the Representation of the European Commission in Berlin.

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Dance and architecture to unfold one another on TV

Dancers of contemporary dance that awaken the impressive architecture of Kaunas – this is the treat that awaits the audience of LRT (Lithuanian National broadcaster). It is a joint project of LRT, Lithuania Dance Information Centre (LŠIC) and “Kaunas European Capital of Culture 2022”. During it, the usual schedule of LRT will include five different videos by the dancers of Kaunas dance theatre Aura and the author of the video Marius Paplauskas, capturing their interpretation of harmony between architecture and dance.

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