MagiC Carpets Landed: Exhibition Dates and Curator Announced

Kaunas Biennial is delighted to announce that the international exhibition “MagiC Carpets Landed” will take place in Kaunas (Lithuania) on 5 November 2021 – 23 January 2022. The “Magic Carpets Landed” exhibition will be one of the most prominent visual art events opening the programme of “Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022”.

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Horizons of Luxembourg: Humanist Photographers from Lithuania at Annexe22

To celebrate Kaunas and Esch, the second-largest cities in Lithuania and Luxembourg, and both European Capitals of Culture in 2022 (alongside Novi Sad, Serbia), the Lithuanian community in Luxembourg presents three photographic events at Annexe22.

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Design as a Key to an Open City: Kaunas 2022 presents a Cultural Accessibility Guide

“Universal design is a level we all aim to achieve,” Jonas Liugaila, one of the founders of branding and service design agency Critical, says.

The design strategist believes it’s wise to separate three visions in the international discourse – accessible, inclusive and universal design: “If inclusive design focuses on those with special needs, the highest level does not exclude any group of our society”. In today’s context, we still can’t avoid discussing the first two steps. Therefore, back in 2019, the organisation “Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022” invited Critical to create a cultural accessibility guide meant for events and institutions. The guide aims at rethinking one’s surroundings and opening oneself to new audiences.

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„Kaunas 2022“ invites to an international conference on European Democracy

National governments all across Europe order their citizens to stay in the confinement of their homes via the freedom-inhibiting curfews. In these times of technocratic decision-making and crisis-managing, it is often unclear which information our leaders are basing their verdicts on. How can we as citizens hold our elected officials accountable for their policy implementations?

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This year, International Day of Happiness invites everyone to rise

The International Day of Happiness, celebrated on the 20th of March, returns to Kaunas, Kaunas District and all of Lithuania again this year: “Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022” invites you to celebrate it for the fourth time, under the theme “Time to rise”.

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Modernism for the Future 365/360: selection of the artists who will interpret the modernist architecture is announced!

After winning “Creative Europe” funding in May, “Kaunas 2022” project “Modernism for the Future 365/360” gains momentum: the received submissions were carefully evaluated and the commission selected artists to participate at local and international residencies. Artists of various disciplines will interpret modernist architecture in 8 local and 7 international residencies, located in these cities: Kaunas (Lithuania), Lviv (Ukraine), Kotrtijk (Belgium) and Brno (Czech Republic). A list of selected artists can be found in this document.

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Thousands of pictures brought to life: the stories dormant in Kaunas’s modernist buildings will come to life in the film Folds

Only one year remains until Kaunas becomes European Capital of Culture 2022. In one year’s time, stories from the city’s forgotten past will find their voice in cinemas through the film Folds (Lithuanian “Klostės”), which takes Kaunas’s modernist architecture as its inspiration. This unique, black and white, silent, animated story is the collective creation of hundreds of Kaunas city and Kaunas district residents, and local artists, and is directed by Irish visual artist Aideen Barry.

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Kortrijk and Kaunas become partners in creativity

Kortrijk will receive € 100,000 from the Flemish government for cooperation with the Lithuanian city of Kaunas in the run-up to Kaunas European Capital of Culture 2022. With this, Kortrijk once again shows that it wants to gain this title itself for 2030.

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“New Reality”: Lithuanian creators presented architectural ideas for public and not public spaces

At the end of the last week, the winners of creative ideas workshops and competition “Adaptive Capsule” were announced. During “Kaunas Design Event” organised by “Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022”, the participants had to create a transformable, closed communication spatial structure where at least 2 people could safely communicate at the same time. The proposed solutions were to meet the safety requirements of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Prototypes of one or more projects are expected to be developed as soon as possible.

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Designer Rama Gheerawo: ‘Why Sony, Samsung or Hewlett-Packard cares about Your oppinion’

Rama Gheerawo, a well-known designer and longtime director of the Helen Hamlyn Center for Design at the Royal College of Arts in London, England, believes that good design has to be inclusive. Only then design becomes more than aesthetic endeavor and can solve serious social issues. ‘Believe it or not, entrepreneurs, marketers, companies, organizations, governments don’t always do that, they don’t include citizens. They design something that they think you need rather than something that you actually want’, says Rama. During Kaunas Design Event at October 26 Rama Gheerawo will present good practices of the Helen Hamlyn Center for Design. In the following conversation, designer shares his insights about the functions of contemporary design and challenges designers face practicing inclusive design. Read more