Kaunas 2022 announces an open call to establish the most important partnerships of the European Capital of Culture

Full details and documents can be found here.

Kaunas European Capital of Culture 2022 institution announces an open call for Lithuanian and foreign cultural organisations to jointly create the programme of the European Capital of Culture programme for 2020–2022. Read more


ConTempo – a New Performing Arts Festival in Kaunas

Shorter days and cooler weather are usually the first things that comes to mind when we remember the summer is about to end. However, Kaunas offers a way out and invites you to a new international performing arts festival on 23-25 of August. ConTempo - this is the name of it, which refers not only to the contemporary program, but also to the Kaunas city journey from temporary to contemporary capital. The ConTempo festival was initiated by Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022 and organized by joined forces of the Kultūros Platforma and the Lithuanian Dance Information Center. The first edition of the festival features exceptional, bold, provocative and open projects presented by well-known artists from Belgium, Switzerland, Israel, Italy, Spain and of course Lithuania. As many as 12 events will be presented in Kaunas city and district within three days and only one of them will have admission fee.

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On October 17–24, the first CityTelling festival will start in Kaunas and Kaunas district

Why the CityTelling Festival? 

Stories are tales alive in our memory.

Stories that keep our culture alive. Stories that keep the history of our city alive.

Not only stories help to know the past, but they also teach how to communicate, better understand and feel one another.

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ConTempo: a new festival of stage arts to debut in Kaunas

Days getting shorter and weather getting cooler: this is how most of us imagine the end of summer. However, Kaunas offers a solution and on August 23–25, will invite everyone to a new international festival of stage arts called ConTempo. According to the press release, its name suggests not only a contemporary programme, but also the journey of Kaunas from the temporary capital to the contemporary one.

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A talk with the CEO of Kaunas 2022: on restricted traffic on Parodos Hill and music created in the Kaunas Ghetto

Rytis Zemkauskas who has been welcoming the listeners of LRT Klasika radio broadcasts for almost a year, is ready for his summer holidays. The last guest of this season’s radio show “Capital of Culture” is Ms. Virginija Vitkienė, CEO of Kaunas 2022, an institution officially operating since 2017.

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The presentations of European Culture Capital Forum are shared on “Youtube”

More empathy, listening to and hearing out, more work and effort for rather initiating high-quality experiences. More of the human factor. These were the main topics of the second European Capital of Culture Forum that took place on May 23–24 at the Žalgiris Arena in Kaunas, the European Capital of Culture 2022 in Lithuania.

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The Human Factor in culture or from the ordinary to the extraordinary

More empathy, listening to and hearing out, more work and effort not for completing project reports, but rather initiating high-quality experiences. More of the human factor. These were the main topics of the second European Capital of Culture Forum that took place on May 23–24 at the Žalgiris Arena in Kaunas, the European Capital of Culture 2022 in Lithuania.

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Panel discussion in Brussels on the role of the border regions as a driving force for the European idea

Initiated by the Saarland, experts from all over Europe discussed in May the potential of border regions as pioneers and driving forces for the European integration. Kaunas 2022 head of international relations and programming Ana Čižauskienė was part of the discussion about the opportunities and prospects that cross-border regions can offer to pan-European networking.

Under the auspices of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), the Brussels-based regional representative offices of Saarland, Rhineland Palatinate, Eastern Belgium and the Bureau Europe Grand Est hosted a panel discussion on 28th May entitled ‘European Border Regions – Pioneers and Driving Forces for the European Idea?’.

Christoph Roth, the head of the Saarland Government EU Office in Brussels, underlined the forces and potential of border regions, representing 40% of the European territory and giving home to 30% of the European population.

“Border regions, where European identity and European reality come together, are somehow the grassroots for the European idea. The 350 European border regions are laboratories and predestined to test solutions for Europe.” said Martín Guillermo Ramírez, Secretary General of the Association of European Border Regions, in his incentive statement.

Thomas Wobben, director at the European Committee of the Regions, discussed key issues with Lukas Redemann, Chair of the General Student Committee (AStA) at Saarland University, Hynek Böhm, a border studies specialist from Liberec (Czechia), Maria Stoicheva, Vice-President of Sofia University (Bulgaria), Ana Čižauskienė, Head of the ‘European Capital of Culture 2022’ in Kaunas (Lithuania), and Szymon Adamczyk, CEO of a start-up company from Katowice (Poland). The discussion was moderated by Michael Stabenow, Brussels correspondent at the German newspaper FAZ.


Foreigners who live in Kaunas are invited to the Open Mic session to tell their life stories

“People have one thing in common. They are all different”, says famous writer Robert Zend. Even though we have different experiences, interests and come from different cultures, we all love telling stories: from the most famous film producers and animators like Walt Disney to the best-read authors like J. K. Rowling, most influential leaders like Richard Branson and TV stars like Oprah Winfrey to translators, lawyers, communication specialists and students who have chosen Kaunas as a place to live.Read more


Away with stereotypes – business and culture may develop beneficial cooperation together

On the 23rd–24th of May, 2019, the European Capital of Culture Forum will be hosted at the amphitheatre of Žalgirio Arena. This Forum – an annual event initiated by the team of “Kaunas 2022” and inviting the leaders representing various creative sectors from all around Europe to meet in Kaunas. This year, one of the key objectives of the Forum is to boost the cooperation between culture and business.Read more