We invite writers to explore the “little” stories about Kaunas and Kaunas district collected by Kaunas 2022 and to give them a voice, to resurrect them to another life. We hope that created literary texts will offer their own “routes” through the memory of the place and will speak about today’s experiences from the perspective of the past stories. We keep “little” stories here.

Selected texts will be published in “CityTelling Festival 2020” publications, on the websites of Kaunas 2022 (www.istorijufestivalis.eu and www.atmintiesvietos.lt) and rewarded with symbolic gift sets of Kaunas 2022.

We are waiting for unpublished texts of various genres in Lithuanian or English, with a total volume of 1,700–8,500 characters or 30–150 lines of poetry by 2020 August 1. Send it to justina@kaunas2022.eu (Word or Pdf format).

“CityTelling Festival” is organized by the Kaunas 2022 program “Memory Office” and will take place on October 8–11, 2020. We aim to remind the rich multicultural past, as well as the “little” stories, witnesses to the complex events of the past.

This year’s festival will invite you to look at today’s experiences from a historical perspective. Can we learn from the stories of the past while facing the challenges of our time? Do we recognize ourselves in them? What experiences of our own can we see in past events? What does it mean to be confronted with uncertainty about the future, insecurity, unknown? On the other hand, how to remain a human when destruction storms around? How to beat a beast without becoming one?

Contacts: Justina Petrulionytė-Sabonienė, justina@kaunas2022.eu

Photo by Anita Jankovic