Kaunas — European capital

of Culture 2022 opening programme:

19th–

21st

PROGRAMME

WITH FIERY STEPS TOWARDS THE GOAL:INTRODUCTORY OPENING EVENTS IN KAUNAS CITY AND DISTRICT

From Čekiškė to Palemonas, from Šilainiai to Aleksotas – the inauguration of the year of the Capital of Culture will be lit up in the outermost districts of Kaunas district and will step-by-step reach the city centre. The artistic accents will become the heralds waking up the Mythical Beast of Kaunas. Residents are invited to join the musical percussion miniatures dedicated to the Mythical Beast and perform them with professional musicians. Just bring sounding objects that everyone can find at home – even pots and buckets will do! In the opening events, choirs and ensembles will join together for the ritual of awakening the Mythical Beast of Kaunas, and memorable moments will be illuminated by a mysterious light and fire shows (participants: Arkadijus Gotesmanas, Ritmas kitaip, Viduramžiai.lt).

ALL OUTDOOR EVENTS ARE FREE.

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22nd

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THE CONTEMPORARY MYTH OF KAUNAS TRILOGY. ACT I: THE CONFUSION

Grand Opening Show: The Confusion
7:30 pm
Žalgiris Arena (Karaliaus Mindaugo pr. 50)

Hundreds of people from Kaunas, Lithuania and abroad have worked for this evening for several years. It will be a show that Kaunas has not seen since its foundation – a fusion of contemporary music, giant video projections and poetry that tells the story of the city as a living, constantly renewing miracle. The aim of this event, unique and ambitious in idea and scope, is to involve everyone and anyone in the city’s creative uprising. Those who won’t be able to attend will be invited to watch the opening broadcast everywhere across the European Union and worldwide and to use inspiration to build a new post-pandemic future.

As the show reaches its climax, the programme will spread in Kaunas and invite everyone to immerse themselves in a unique game of Mythical Beast on the city streets. Look for a special game map!

The Director of the show: Chris Baldwin

Author of the trilogy and the scriptwriter: Rytis Zemkauskas

The heads of program: Ana Kočegarova-Maj, Greta Klimavičiūtė – Minkštimienė, Aistis Lansbergas

Composer: Antanas Jasenka

Conductor: Modestas Pitrėnas

Costumes: Aleksandra Jacovskytė, Julija Skuratova, Sandra Straukaitė

Soloists: Joana Gedmintaitė, Merūnas Vitulskis

The symphony will be performed by Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, choir Vilnius

Artists: Olivier Grossetête, Kaunas dance theatre AURA, young poets

Technical event director: Tadas Valeika

REGISTRATION FOR A FREE PASS TO THE OPENING EVENT WILL BE OPENED FROM JANUARY 10 (AFTERNOON)

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23rd

Confusioncontinues

PROGRAMME

RAISING THE CURTAIN OF THE CITY:OPENING EXHIBITIONS AND PARTNER EVENTS

Dozens of Kaunas 2022 programme creators and partners are preparing for the weekend of the first part of the Contemporary Myth of Kaunas Trilogy. The city’s museums, galleries, showcases and completely unexpected spaces will open up to art and culture and invite everyone to discover new exhibitions, refreshing installations, spectacular performances, and exclusive sneak peeks to the premieres that will take place only later in 2022.

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The grand opening event will start on January 22 at 7:30 p.m. (Lithuania time) nearby Kaunas “Žalgiris” arena. The event duration is ~1 hour.

Yes, the event is free of charge, but the attendees of the event should purchase a free registration ticket: HERE.

People are able to enter the zone of the event are able from 5:30 p.m.

Yes, a person who has purchased a free registration ticket online must present a ticket and a valid National Covid-19 Certificate (or the alternative document) to the organizers when entering the event area.

Organizers highlight that the event will take place outside, therefore attendees should choose clothes according to the temperature and weather conditions at that time. It is recommended to wear warm, winter season clothes, which protects from low temperature, wind, rain, snow or other bad weather conditions.

How can they reach the event in more comfortable way? People who would like to enter the sector dedicated to persons with special needs should not only provide the ticket, National COVID-19 Certificate (or alternative documents) but The Disability Certificate of The Certificate of Special Needs. Trained volunteers will assist attendees in this sector. People with special needs are welcome to use free of charge transportation services provided by “Socialinis taksi” by filling the registration form – https://bit.ly/Socialinis-taksi-Kaunas2022 or by calling +370 687 440 01, (workdays, from 9 AM to 6 PM)

Yes, the event will be broadcast on LRT television and the internet – LRT.lt Mediateka.

From January 22 the road section of Karalius Mindaugas prospect from M. K. Čiurlionis bridge to Birštonas street will be closed. Moreover, in the period of January 22-23, the traffic in these streets will be closed as well: The map of traffic and closed streets: information wil be updated soon

The map of the event with directions will be emailed to everyone who has purchased free registration tickets. Attendees can only enter their sector (which is indicated on the ticket) through the gate of that sector.

In the city centre just after the event there are planned many cultural activities, including The Beast of Kaunas City Secrets game. The detailed programme of the opening events can be found here: www.kaunas2022.eu/sukilimas

Most of these activities are free of charge. However, in the detailed programme of the opening weekend events, the note “Paid” is added to the paid events.

Look for The Beast of Kaunas City Secrets game in the event area of the INFO points (you can download the map HERE). On the map, there are listed locations where you can find the letters of the Beast. Going through these locations, you have to collect them and in this way form the sentence. The first 1000 winners formed the correct sentence will be awarded Kaunas 2022 prizes. The detailed instructions are listed on the map.

Yes, the opening events in the city centre will continue the next day on January 23rd. The detailed programme of the opening events can be found here: www.kaunas2022.eu/sukilimas

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