Programme

01 19-23 1st Act: The Confusion

01 19 - 23
First Act. The Confusion

At 19:30 (7:30pm) on 22 January, all are invited to an historic event: the Opening Ceremony of the Kaunas European Capital of Culture programme! The ceremony will be held near the Žalgiris Arena. The show programme will be kept a secret until the last minute before the opening.
All we can tell you right now is that the show is being created by hundreds of performers from Kaunas, Lithuania, and abroad. A synthesis of contemporary music, gigantic video projections, and slam poetry will tell the story of a city as a living, always renewing miracle. The show calls everyone to the city’s creative uprising. Kaunas will invite everyone watching the live broadcast of the opening ceremony throughout the European Union and around the world, to harness culture to create a new, post-pandemic future.
Opening Night will be the main, but not the only event. Introductory events will already begin on 19 January at the edges of the Kaunas District, each evening drawing ever closer to the centre of Kaunas, bringing together local communities, one after another, for the great Opening Night event.
This entire opening cultural fuss will awaken the Mythical Beast of Kaunas. And from that moment on, the excitement will begin…
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05 20-22 2nd Act: The Confluence

05 20-22

Second Act: The Confluence

The Confluence is the second main event in the Contemporary Myth of Kaunas Trilogy. We invite you to one of Lithuania’s most impressive sites to encounter the contradictions that lie within all of us and celebrate unity together. The event will begin with a sunset performance of a mystery directed by Lithuanian theatre director Oskaras Koršunovas, and will conclude with a water show on a scale never before seen in Lithuania, directed by British theatre director Chris Baldwin.
The date of this event was chosen for a very specific reason. The city of Kaunas celebrates its birthday every year in late May, while at the same time the Kaunas District will hold one of its most memorable celebrations, the Between Earth and Sky international kite festival. This is why an entire weekend will be devoted to all of these events. The name “Confluence” symbolizes the community shared between the people of Kaunas and the surrounding Kaunas District and the region’s ties with other European cities. It is our hope that this weekend’s events will inspire us all to reconnect with the waters around Kaunas and fulfill the city’s dream to reunite with its rivers!
The entire weekend will feature shows by acrobats, contemporary circus performers, river excursions, and musical tours to river towns and settlements in Kaunas. Public will be invited to the unveiling of Nemuno7, an environmental design project that is unique in the European context. If the pandemic permits, we also hope to welcome guests from the other two European Capitals of Culture and also from Alytus, which carries the title of Lithuania’s Capital of Culture in 2022.
Finally, the weekend’s events will also give everyone the chance to get a close glimpse of the Mythical Beast of Kaunas...
When? 20–22 May 2022
Where? Confluence of Nemunas and Neris & various places by the rivers in Kaunas & Kaunas District
11 25-27 3rd Act: The Contract

11 25-27

Third Act: The Contract

The official Closing Ceremonies of the Kaunas European Capital of Culture 2022 programme will be dedicated to signing contract with ourselves and with our city – a pledge to live long and happy lives from this moment forward!
The creators of the Great Contract event are Lithuanian artists, including composer and Lithuanian National Prize laureate Zita Bružaitė, director Gediminas Šeduikis, dramatist and Gold Stage Cross winner Daiva Čepauskaitė, hundreds of Lithuania’s best performers in the production of a contemporary opera composed especially for the occasion.
For the entire weekend of the Closing Ceremonies, various public spaces around Kaunas will be adorned with contemporary light installations brought to Kaunas from sister European cities and other European Capitals of Culture. On Sunday evening, we will bid farewell to our year as Capital of Culture with a magnificent audio-visual show staged at the Raudondvaris Estate, accompanied by an exhibition commemorating the year 2022.
Although these events will officially bring to an end Kaunas’ tenure as a European Capital of Culture, the city will have already become a city of contemporary culture.
The Beast of Kaunas will remain in the city and watch over the Contract concluded by all who live here...
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until 01 23 MagiC Carpets Landed

2021 11 05 – 2022 01 23

Exhibition „Magic Carpets Landed“

This is one of the oldest projects in the Kaunas 2022 programme. Financed by the Creative Europe programme, MagiC Carpets, four years in the making, will show off its results to Kaunas. Don’t miss the chance to come and see!

This project tells the story of journeys between people, communities, artists, and curators.

An exhibition curated by Benedetta Carpi de Resmini (Italy) will present works of art created during the MagiC Carpets project, exhibiting them at the Kaunas railway station, Kaunas Picture Gallery, and other public spaces around Kaunas. Exhibition visitors will be accompanied by an augmented reality guide created especially for the show. A catalogue will also be published for this event, showcasing works created over the past four years and their creators, accompanied by texts about creative work with communities in public spaces.

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until 02 20 Kaunas Biennial

2021 11 12  – 2022 02 20

13th Kaunas Biennial: „Once Upon Another Time... gyveno jie jau kitaip“

The 13th Kaunas Biennial will ask the question: How can we connect different places of the world with people’s stories?

The Kaunas Biennial exhibition will reflect on different examples of humanity's resilience and adaptation. The exhibition will present works by 23 international artists and groups, exploring myths and fairy tales and personal and community stories of survival and transformation experienced in reality.

Where? Santakos g. 11, V. Putvinskio g. 64 & Laisvės al. 106

Organizers: Kaunas Biennial

Partners: Antanas Žmuidzinavičius Creations and Collections Museum / Devil‘s Museum, Embassy of Canada, Kaunas Tadas Ivanauskas Zoology Museum, Lithuanian House of Basketball, M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art

www.bienale.lt/2021/en

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01 21–11 30 An exhibition by William Kentridge

2022 01 21 – 11 30

That Which We Do Not Remember, an exhibition by William Kentridge

An honest and painfully candid humanist, whose exhibitions are covered by the best galleries in the world. For the first time in Eastern Europe. This will be a hugely significant event for both Kaunas and the artist himself, as William Kentridge will be visiting the city of his ancestors!

In this exhibition, Kentridge addresses humanity’s selective memory. The rejection of facts, history, and memories as a means of self-preservation or a tool of propaganda is just as common a characteristic among people in Johannesburg and Rome as it is in Kaunas, says Kentridge. We all choose what we wish to remember and what to expel from our memories. Kentridge hopes to fill these gaps in our memory and speak with us about what we deliberately, or unconsciously, no longer remember. He calls us to a dialogue with ourselves.

This is an exhibition that seeks to assemble the scattered shards of historic events into meaningful mosaics that can serve as a mirror, reflecting back those who look at them.

This promises to be the most significant exhibition of the Kaunas 2022 programme. This exhibition alone is worthy of a trip to Kaunas and will put the city on the European cultural map for years to come.

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01 19–23 1st Act: The Confusion

01 19 - 23
First Act: The Confusion

At 19:30 (7:30pm) on 22 January, all are invited to an historic event: the Opening Ceremony of the Kaunas European Capital of Culture programme! The ceremony will be held near the Žalgiris Arena. The show programme will be kept a secret until the last minute before the opening.
All we can tell you right now is that the show is being created by hundreds of performers from Kaunas, Lithuania, and abroad. A synthesis of contemporary music, gigantic video projections, and slam poetry will tell the story of a city as a living, always renewing miracle. The show calls everyone to the city’s creative uprising. Kaunas will invite everyone watching the live broadcast of the opening ceremony throughout the European Union and around the world, to harness culture to create a new, post-pandemic future.
Opening Night will be the main, but not the only event. Introductory events will already begin on 19 January at the edges of the Kaunas District, each evening drawing ever closer to the centre of Kaunas, bringing together local communities, one after another, for the great Opening Night event.
This entire opening cultural fuss will awaken the Mythical Beast of Kaunas. And from that moment on, the excitement will begin…
More about event here
01 22 – 09 11 Exit it, an exhibition by Yoko Ono

2022 01 22 – 09 11

Exit it, a retrospective exhibition by Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono will be visiting Kaunas, the native city of her friend George (Jurgis) Maciunas.

A music producer, prominent figure on the New York arts scene, and the wife of John Lennon, one of the founders of the legendary rock band The Beatles, Yoko Ono once collaborated with George Maciunas in the early days of the Fluxus movement.

The Learning Garden of Freedom is a retrospective exhibition of Yoko Ono’s work and is the result of a collaboration between the artist’s Studio One in New York and the Kaunas Picture Gallery. The exhibition will feature numerous works by Yoko Ono spanning different creative periods and practices: from conceptual art and experimental film to spatial installations, objects, word pieces, and performance art.

The majority of the exhibition will be shown at the Kaunas Picture Gallery, located not far from George Maciunas’ childhood home.

When? 2022 01 22 – 09 11
2022 09 09 – 12 04
Where? Kaunas Picture Gallery , K. Donelaičio g. 16, Emmanuel Levinas Centre, Putvinskio g. 14

Organizers: Contemporary Art Centre (CAC)

Partners: Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves (Portugal), M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, Studio One New York (United States), Magenta Landscape Design Festival

www.cac.lt/en
www.ciurlionis.lt/en

01 22–04 10 Modernism for the Future 360/365

Modernism for the Future 360/365, an international exhibition

This exhibition is a very special report about the Kaunas 2022 Modernism Programme! This event will become one of the highlights of the European Capital of Culture Opening Series.

Over twenty artists and architects. Five countries. And a masterpiece of Lithuanian modernism – the Kaunas Central Post Office.

The exhibition Modernism for the Future 360/365 is devoted to a discussion about the future of the modernist heritage in contemporary European cities. It seeks to illustrate the value of modernist architecture and its appeal to contemporary audiences, urban dwellers, specialists, and lovers of architecture. The exhibition seeks to reinforce the European and intercontinental modernist heritage narrative and to show that this heritage, like every work of art, transcends the borders of individual cities and countries.

 

When? 2022 01 22 – 04 10

Where? Kauno centrinis paštas, Laisvės al. 102

Curator Viltė Migonytė-Petrulienė

Artists: Arūnas Periokas, Hugo Herrera Tobon, Marius Pinigis, Martynas Timinskas, Patris Židelevičius, Rita Kundrotaitė, Rokas Mikšiūnas, Tadas Stalyga (Lithuania); Andriy Linik, Olha Kuzyura, (Ukraine); Andrea Uváčiková, Josef Řehák, Karin Písaříková, Karolína Strnadová, Michal Trávníček, Zuzana Bartošová (Czech Republic); Erich Weiss, Ingel Vaikla, Jonas Vansteenkiste, Malgorzata Olchowska (Belgium); Shay Zilberman (Israel)

Architects: Office De Architectura – Andrius Ropolas, Jautra Bernotaitė, Paulius Vaitiekūnas

Organizers: Kaunas 2022

Partners: Lvov Cultural Strategy Institute (CSI) (Ukraine), Intercommunale Leiedal (Belgium), Vaizard, z.ú. (Czech Republic), Liebling House – The White City Centre (Israel)

www.modernizmasateiciai.lt/en 

2022 03–07 Exhibition by Marina Abramović

2022 03–07

"Memory of Being", an exhibition by Marina Abramović

Yes – she’s coming to Kaunas! Kaunas - European Capital of Culture 2022 presents a unique opportunity to see Memory of Being, a solo exhibition by Marina Abramović, one of the world’s most renowned artists.

The exhibition is based on Abramović’s series The Cleaner, which began at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 2017 and reached the conceptual end of its journey in 2020 in her native city of Belgrade, where she presented her work for the first time after a break of nearly 50 years.

This impressive project was made possible through the partnership of Meno Parkas Gallery with the Centre for Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Toruń, which successfully hosted The Cleaner in 2019 and agreed to assist in establishing contact with the Marina Abramović Institute in New York and serve as co-curators (Waclaw Kuczma and Dorota Kuczma) for this event.

 

When? Mar – July 2022

Where? Kaunas Picture Gallery, K. Donelaičio g. 16

Organizers: Meno Parkas Gallery

Partners: Znaki Czasu (Poland), Marina Abramović Institute (United States), Moderna Museet (Sweden), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Denmark)

 

www.menoparkas.lt/?lang=gb

Facebook: galerija.meno.parkas

03 17–20 International congress

03 17–20

"On Happiness". Presuppositions 2022. Communities, an international congress

How do we think about happiness from an academic perspective? With the help of science and art, this congress will seek to examine and test the presuppositions of happiness. What does the concept of happiness mean in the social, economic, artistic, and philosophical contexts and how is it interrelated with communities – of both people and nature?

Congress events will transpire over three days, each of which will consist of three parts: a morning of academic presentations and discussions, an afternoon of creative workshops, and an evening devoted to art.

 

When? 17–20 March 2022

Where? Vytautas Magnus University

Organizers: Vytautas Magnus University

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03 20 Day of Happiness

03 20

International Day of Happiness

The Day of Happiness is one of the great success stories of the Kaunas 2022 project. This day became an enormous educational project that taught the people of our city the benefit of attentiveness to others, attention to nuance, and sensitivity to detail – things that our happiness is very often made of.

This festival will remain in Kaunas even after the conclusion of the European Capital of Culture programme.

First held in Kaunas three years ago, this celebration has expanded beyond the Kaunas 2022 office to encompass all of Kaunas and Lithuania, drawing in thousands of people in various companies, cultural organizations, housing associations, and school and kindergarten communities. During the recent quarantine, we derived happiness from our cultural heritage, and in 2022 we’ll celebrate the happiness of being part of a community.

 

When? 20 March 2022

Where? Kaunas, Kaunas District, and Lithuania

Organizers: Kaunas 2022 with partners

www.laimesdiena.lt/en

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2022 04 – 08 Kaunas-Vilnius: Moving Mountains

2022 04 – 08

An exhibition Kaunas-Vilnius: Moving Mountains

For the first time, Kaunas will converse with Vilnius through two simultaneous museum exhibitions in both cities! Kaunas and Vilnius. Eternal rivals. How and why do (or don’t) they get along?

This question will be explored by exhibitions held at MO Museum in Vilnius and at the Kaunas City Museum. You’ll see how these two cities have depended on and shaped one another and how contemporary Lithuania has emerged from the tension that has existed between them.

 

When? Apr – Aug 2022

Where? Temporary M. K. Čiurlionis Art Gallery,  A. Mackevičiaus g. 27

MO Museum in Vilnius, Pylimo g. 17

Team: Ernestas Parulskis, Inga Navickaitė-Drąsutė, Julijonas Urbonas, Justina Juodišiūtė, Kęstutis Lingys, Kotryna Lingienė, Miglė Survilaitė, Rasa Žukienė, Tomas Vaiseta

Organizers: Kaunas City Museum, MO Museum

www.kaunomuziejus.lt/en

www.mo.lt/en 

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04 25–05 01 Days of Japan in Kaunas “WA!”

25 Apr – 01 May 2022

Days of Japan in Kaunas “WA!”

In 2022, the Sugihara Week, an event that Kaunas knows so well, expanded into a festival called Days of Japan in Kaunas “WA!”, offering even more reason for those interested in the Japanese culture to come together.

The Japanese programme in 2022 is accompanied by an exhibition of photographs “EU Eyes on Japan”, Kaunas Architecture Festival “East–East”, also a joint concert of a Japanese children’s choir and the Kaunas A. Kačanauskas Music School children’s choir, and other events.

 

When? 25 Apr – 01 May 2022

Where? Kaunas

Organizers: Kaunas 2022, Azija LT, Dance Theatre AURA, Kultūrinės ir organizacinės idėjos, KyūmeikanKendo

2022 05–09 Kaunas 2022 Summer Stage

2022 05 – 09

Kaunas 2022 Summer Stage

The Capital of Culture is setting the stage! Kaunas 2022 invites the city and its guests to spend the warm season enjoying the extensive programme presented on our summer stage

The best artists of Lithuania and Europe will come together to perform. Kaunas 2022, in collaboration with tens of partners around Europe and Lithuania, will offer a programme of different music genres, performances, literature readings, food tastings, and all sorts of other events for young and old. From May to September, don’t miss this carefully selected artistic programme of weekend performances and hundreds of free events in the heart of Kaunas Old Town – City Hall Square!

 

When? May-Sept 2022

Where? Kaunas City Hall Square

Organizers: Kaunas 2022 with partners

05 12–08 31 1972: Breaking Through the Wall, an exhibition

2022 05 12 – 08 31

An exhibition "1972: Breaking Through the Wall"

We are sure that this exhibition will touch a nerve. Through this exhibition, our city will engage in a candid conversation with itself like never before.

It will transport audiences to the 1960s and 1970s and the communities of disobedient people who resisted the system: illegal rock music bands, Kaunas actors and pantomime performers, rebellious hippies, and modern artists from Kaunas and Vilnius.

Paintings, photographs, and films, documentary testimonials of the city’s musical life, youth fashion from the period, and other artifacts will tell the story about an alternative culture and a non-Soviet lifestyle led in Soviet Lithuania.

 

When? 12 May – 31 August 2022

Where? Kaunas Central Post Office, Laisvės al. 102

Curator: Rasa Žukienė

Team: curator Rasa Žukienė, Arūnas Streikus, Aušra Lisauskienė, Edgaras Klivis, Egidijus Aleksandravičius, Elena Balsiukaitė-Brazdžiūnienė, Gediminas Jankauskas, Genovaitė Vertelkaitė-Bartulienė, Kotryna Džilavjan, Kristina Budrytė-Genevičė, Milda Rutkauskaitė, Raminta Jurėnaitė, Rimantė Tamoliūnienė, Vytautė Šapokaitė-Samulėnienė, Zita Bružaitė

Organizers: Kaunas 2022

Partners: Alexandre Vassiliev Foundation, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Vilnius, Kaunas County Public Library, Kaunas Ninth Fort Museum, Kaunas City Museum, Lithuanian National Museum of Art, MO Museum, M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, The Valdas Adamkus Presidential Library-Museum, Vytautas Magnus University

 

www.kaunas2022.eu/en

Mokamas

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05 18–19 European Capital of Culture Forum

05 18–20

European Capital of Culture Forum

The Kaunas 2022 European Capital of Culture Forum is the city’s effort to participate in building Europe’s future. This is a unique platform for leaders, academics, cultural professionals, and society at large.

Every year, city mayors, government ministers, university professors, diplomats, institutional leaders, members of the club of Capitals of Culture, community activists, and innovators have taken part in this forum as participants and speakers. The forum is an influential international event recognized as an important shaper of opinion and policy in capitals of culture, raising important questions pertaining to European culture, policy, and public life. With such themes as “European Capital of Culture”, “The Human Factor”, and “Culture Under Corona”, the forum has always aspired to be at the forefront of cultural events.

 

When? 18–20 May 2022

Where? Kaunas

Organizers: Kaunas 2022

www.forumas.kaunas2022.eu

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05 20 Courtyard Festival

05 20

Courtyard Festival

Because everyone in Kaunas already knows about the Courtyard Festival, you already know what you’ll be doing on May 20th!

The Courtyard Festival has become a traditional event to foster community-building and friendship among people living in the city of Kaunas and the surrounding region, and also an opportunity to celebrate International Neighbours’ Day. Event participants – communities, organizations, and neighbours – bring their chairs and tables to the city centre and set them with white tablecloths and flowers.

 

When? 20 May 2022

Where? Laisvės al. & Vilniaus g.

Organizers: Kaunas 2022

Facebook: kiemusvente

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2022 05 20-22 2nd Act: The Confluence

2022 05 20-22

Second Act: The Confluence

The Confluence is the second main event in the Contemporary Myth of Kaunas Trilogy. We invite you to one of Lithuania’s most impressive sites to encounter the contradictions that lie within all of us and celebrate unity together. The event will begin with a sunset performance of a mystery directed by Lithuanian theatre director Oskaras Koršunovas, and will conclude with a water show on a scale never before seen in Lithuania, directed by British theatre director Chris Baldwin.
The date of this event was chosen for a very specific reason. The city of Kaunas celebrates its birthday every year in late May, while at the same time the Kaunas District will hold one of its most memorable celebrations, the Between Earth and Sky international kite festival. This is why an entire weekend will be devoted to all of these events. The name “Confluence” symbolizes the community shared between the people of Kaunas and the surrounding Kaunas District and the region’s ties with other European cities. It is our hope that this weekend’s events will inspire us all to reconnect with the waters around Kaunas and fulfill the city’s dream to reunite with its rivers!
The entire weekend will feature shows by acrobats, contemporary circus performers, river excursions, and musical tours to river towns and settlements in Kaunas. Public will be invited to the unveiling of Nemuno7, an environmental design project that is unique in the European context. If the pandemic permits, we also hope to welcome guests from the other two European Capitals of Culture and also from Alytus, which carries the title of Lithuania’s Capital of Culture in 2022.
Finally, the weekend’s events will also give everyone the chance to get a close glimpse of the Mythical Beast of Kaunas...
When? 20–22 May 2022
Where? Confluence of Nemunas and Neris & various places by the rivers in Kaunas & Kaunas District
2022 05 22 Nemuno7. Grand opening

2022 05 22

Nemuno7, the great ship of culture. Opening

Nemuno7 is a river engineering and landscape design project that is unique in Europe and which will serve as a public cultural space. The object combines technological history, historic heritage, and contemporary architecture and is expected to become a new attraction in Kaunas for locals and tourists.
A dredger placed on the left bank of the Nemunas River near the small town of Zapyškis will become a cultural centre for visual art, media and technology, interdisciplinary collaboration, science, and creativity, and promises to become one of the most vibrant accents in the Kaunas European Capital of Culture 2022 programme.
The dredger will serve as an event space, a laboratory for creative industries, a shop for locally designed products, and other functions. The site promises to be fascinating both from the outside, when viewed from the riverbank, and from the inside, whether onboard or floating down the Nemunas. The Nemuno7 dredger will also have space for artistic residencies. Visitors will be able to view the results of each artistic residency right on the boat. Meanwhile, a surprise encounter with nature will await on deck. Continuing on the subject of sustainability, the site will be home to pioneer plants that grow in open habitats and easily adapt to extreme cultivation conditions.
This will be a place you’ll want to return to again and again. During the warm months of the year, we’ll invite you to experience new exhibitions, performances, and events on current themes.
Opening 22 May 2022
Exposed up to Nov 2022
Where? The left bank of the Nemunas in Zapyškis
Organizers: Ars Futuri
www.nemuno7.lt
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06 01–09 10 Contemporary Neighbourhoods

06 01 – 09 10

Contemporary Neighbourhoods

This is the project that launched the European Capital of Culture programme in the Kaunas District. The essence of the project is simple: local jurisdictions called “seniūnijos” (elderships) strengthen communities and address rising challenges through culture.

The Contemporary Neighbourhoods project began to really pick up speed in 2019, after it was joined by elderships in Linksmakalnis, Garliava, Vilkija, Karmėlava, Akadamija, Rokai, and Ringaudai. In 2020, the project expanded to include elderships in Babtai, Domeikava, Kačerginė, Raudondvaris, Samylai, Ežerėlis, Kulautuva, and Lapės. The Kaunas 2022 programme helped these neighbourhoods build ties with artists, cultural leaders, and educators, who then all embarked together on a long and colourful cultural journey.

This project is about seeking change through culture. And that’s the essential purpose of Kaunas 2022.

From June to September 2022, we’ll invite everyone to feel the strong pulse of community and creativity in the Kaunas District and attend the main Contemporary Neighbourhoods events. It will be worth it – we promise!

www.visikaipvienas.eu/en

06 28–07 03 Audra Festival

08.28 - 07.03

Audra, Contemporary City Festival

A storm is coming. The most important festival of our programme. Over just a few days, you’ll see the entire future of Kaunas!
Contemporary art installations and performances by all sorts of artists. Electronic, experimental, and acoustic music at the Kaunas Philharmonic, the Mykolas Žilinskas Art Gallery, the Kaunas Taxi Park, the grounds of the former Pergalė Factory, and Santaka Park, at the confluence of the Neris and Nemunas Rivers. This event will be an important and thunderous cultural revival for the entire region.
The youth programme’s participates are the guides, influencers, and implementors of this festival. And the Kaunas European Capital of Culture 2022 team are their partners.
We’re happy to announce that this initiative has been joined by the Freimas International Art Makers Association which, together with the team from the Lizdas night club, are developing the musical portion of this programme. We’re going to create the storm that is Audra – together!
This will be a citywide festival that will invite audiences to discover the identity of Kaunas, its youth communities, and each of us individually. The festival programme is interdisciplinary, contemporary, and bold. The active participation in this programme by our audiences is an important piece of this project. Which means no passive bystanders at this festival!
When? 28 June – 03 July 2022
Where? Kaunas Centre
Organizers: Freimas, Kaunas 2022 Kaunas Challenge participants
www.audrafestival.lt
07 21–11 30 CityTelling Festival

2022 07 – 11

CityTelling Festival

Unique in its format, this is one of the Memory Office programme’s largest events. Together, we seek to resurrect forgotten stories, strengthen the dialogue between different communities, and encourage pride in the place where we live.

The 2022 CityTelling Festival has grown into an expansive programme unfolding over several months, combining projects of different genres, forms, and themes: exhibitions, productions, concerts, public art creations, tours, and professional story-telling performance programmes, etc. The programme devotes considerable attention to the city’s Jewish memory.

 

When? July – Nov 2022

Where? Kaunas & Kaunas District

Organizers: Kaunas 2022 with partners

www.istorijufestivalis.eu/en

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2022 08 – 10 Jenny Kagan exhibition

2022 08 – 10

Out of Darkness, an exhibition

This exhibition was first held in Great Britain. Now, it’s being remounted especially for Kaunas. Why? Because that’s where its story unfolded.

Artist Jenny Kagan (Great Britain) has revived her parents’ stories about their experiences in Kaunas during the Holocaust. The setting of this exhibition, created through images, music, projections, and other elements, draws viewers into a very personal and at the same time universal story, inviting them to explore their emotions and experiences in the presence of memory, light, and darkness.

“They met in the ghetto in 1943.  She was only 18 years old.  It is a story of oppression and persecution, of unimaginable loss and terror, and yet ultimately it is also a story of love and a story of survival,” says Kagan.

When? Aug – Oct 2022

Where? Gimnazijos g. 2/4

Organizers: Kaunas 2022

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08 05–28 The ConTempo Festival

08 05–28

The ConTempo International Festival of Performing Arts

The 2022 ConTempo programme promises the most stunning projects in the festival’s history.

Here are just a few of the premieres you can expect to see:

Bounce, a unique project of the Circa Contemporary Circus (Australia) and the architects of AL_A (United Kingdom) is a giant structure resembling an inflatable castle that reflects its surroundings like a mirror, and which will become an interactive space for a contemporary circus performance.

The renowned French contemporary circus performers of Boris Gibé will also present their own unique performance in the philosophical show L’absolu, staged in a specially created 12-meter-high metallic, cylindrical theatre arena.

The contemporary performing arts company Rhizome from France will astound audiences with the impressive metal construction used by the performers of the show La Spire as they entwine themselves with the structure and hang in mid-air.

The performing company Kamchàtka (Spain), already well known and loved by Kaunas residents, will return to the festival in 2022, this time with a work of itinerant street theatre called Fugit, which will allow audiences to immerse themselves in the lives of refugees searching for a better world.

ConTempo, an international festival of performing arts launched by Kaunas 2022, has been organized in Kaunas and the Kaunas District since 2019.

 

When? 01–21 Aug 2022

Where? Kaunas & Kaunas District

Team: curator Gintarė Masteikaitė, Eglė Nevedomskė, Vasara Visockaitė, Stefanija Paulauskaitė, Miglė Kolinytė, Povilas Laurinaitis

Organizers:  Kultūros platforma

Partners: Nuepiko, AL_A (United Kingdom), Strijbos (Netherlands), Van Rijswijk (Netherlands), Kamchàtka (ES), Ivo Dimchev (Bulgaria), Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Lithuanian Dance Information Centre, L’Institut français de Lituanie, Šeiko Dance Company, Circa (AU), Boris Gibé  (France), Rhizome (France)

www.contempofestival.lt/en  

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09 02 The Stars of Music at Pažaislis

09 02

ArtsThe Stars of Music at Pažaislis, a music festival conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla will be appearing in Kaunas! She is being called the best female conductor in the world and has led the finest orchestras around the globe.
In this extraordinary concert "In Memoriam Irena Veisaitė", Gražinytė-Tyla will conduct the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (artistic director and senior conductor Modestas Pitrėnas), the Kaunas State Choir (conductor and artistic director Robertas Šervenikas), Katowice City Vocal Ensemble (leader and conductor Anna Szostak) and Aidija Chamber Choir (leader and conductor Romualdas Gražinis).
Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major will resound in all its colours at the Pažaislis Monastery, considered a Baroque pearl. The concert will culminate in a truly singular event: the world premiere performance of the Ninth Symphony by Mieczysław Weinberg, one of Poland’s most intriguing 20th century composers.

When? 02 Sept 2022
Where? Pažaislis Monastery, T. Masiulio g. 31

Organizers: Pažaislis Music Festival

www.pazaislis.lt/en
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09 09–25 Magenta Festival

09 09–25

Magenta, Landscape Design Festival

Magenta is a unique festival in Lithuania. This extremely successful project of the Kaunas 2022 programme has been exploring the subject of urban nature for three years. Audiences will be able to view installations, objects, and other works of art created by international teams of artists, architects, and landscape designers.

These are all works especially created for an urban context. With its expansive green spaces and many bodies of water, Kaunas is perfectly suited for the creation of examples of urban and natural harmony.

The festival’s events will span a broad spectrum, including education programmes for city residents; public discussions about business, city government, industry, and society; tours; interdisciplinary projects; events; tactical urbanism; and the creation of public spaces and landscape design sites.

Is it a city within nature, or nature within a city? Let’s find the answer together.

 

When? 09–25 Sept 2022

Where? Kaunas

Organizers: Šeimos laikas

Partners: Better Cities Film Festival (United States), Kaunas Architecture Festival KAFe, Kaunas Forestry and Environmental Engineering University of Applied Sciences, M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, UNESCO Design Cities Network, VMU Botanical Garden

 

www.landscapedesignfest.eu

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09 10 Fluxus Festival

09 10

Fluxus Festival

The Fluxus Festival is one of the greatest successes of the Kaunas 2022 programme.

This is a true Kaunas carnival! People in Kaunas begin preparing for this celebration well in advance, creating costumes and building props, because the main point of this festival is to climb up Parodos Hill in the most unexpected ways and costumes.
Like every year, Parodos Hill (usually a very busy street) will be closed off for exactly 22 minutes to celebrate this carnival!

The climb up the hill will begin at the square named after the founder of Fluxus, George (Jurgis) Maciunas and, once they make it to the top, participants will join in a special programme.

Fluxus is about never-ending movement and the drive to rise, climb, and change: from a temporary to a contemporary capital. From the centre to the not-centre. From the routine to the unexpected. This festival will be a celebration of the city for the city.

 

When? 10 Sept 2022

Where? Parodos Hill & Ąžuolyno Park

Organizers: Kaunas 2022

Partners: Walk the Plank (Great Britain)

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09 22–10 22 East-East Festival

09 22 – 10 22

East-East, Kaunas Architecture Festival

The 2022 Kaunas Architecture Festival programme welcomes back an international architectural project aimed at professionals and the broader public, attracting leading architects from Lithuania and Japan as well as students from different architecture schools.

East-East is an ongoing collaborative project to help lay the foundation for and develop previously non-existent exchanges and cooperation between Lithuanian and Japanese architecture, and includes a forum, exhibitions, lectures by professionals, and student competitions in the field of architecture between the Lithuanian and Japanese architecture communities. The festival’s curator is Gintaras Balčytis.

 

When? 09 22–10 22

Where? Kaunas Central Post Office, Laisvės al. 102

Žalgiris Arena Amphitheatre, Karaliaus Mindaugo pr. 50

Organizers: Lithuanian Union of Architects Kaunas Branch

Partners: The Japan Institute of Architects

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09 29–30 World Litvak Forum

09 29–30

World Litvak Forum

In 2022, the Kaunas European Capital of Culture will invite Litvaks scattered throughout the world to return, even if only briefly, to their ancestral land and gather together at the World Litvak Forum.

Over several days, this event will feature a rich cultural programme and discussions with renowned artists, academics, and representatives of the cultural world. We’ll discuss the Litvak identity, memory, and cultural role in the creation of possible visions of a future dialogue.

We’ll ask such questions as: What does it mean to be a Litvak and what does Lithuania mean to different generations of Litvaks today? How can art and culture help us understand history and encourage openness and dialogue? What role do Litvaks play in Lithuania’s historical and collective memory?

 

When? 29–30 Sept 2022

Where? VMU Great Hall, Daukanto g. 28

Organizers: Kaunas 2022

 

www.kaunas2022.eu/litvakforum

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09 30–10 01 Kaunas Kantata

09 30 – 10 01

Kaunas Kantata

Audiences are invited to an unforgettable event at the Kaunas Žalgiris Arena. The world premiere of a cantata specially composed for Kaunas by Philip Miller (South Africa)!

This composition, created over several years, is the result of a collaboration with artist Jenny Kagan (Great Britain) and local musicians. The work is an inclusive musical experience, calling listeners to immerse themselves in a multi-ethnic city’s past and Kaunas’ complicated history.

It is also a moving juncture of images and sound encouraging us to examine our own consciences. The work was inspired by personal testimonials, memories, and a rich and multifaceted world of sound. Its creators ask: What does it mean to look into the face of “the other” and confront ourselves, and to look directly into the face of our own humanity?

 

When? 30 Sept – 01 Oct 2022

Where? Žalgiris Arena, Karaliaus Mindaugo pr. 50

Organizers: Kaunas 2022

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09 09–12 04 An exhibition by Yoko Ono

2022 01 22 – 09 11

The Learning Garden of Freedom, a retrospective exhibition by Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono will be visiting Kaunas, the native city of her friend George (Jurgis) Maciunas.

A music producer, prominent figure on the New York arts scene, and the wife of John Lennon, one of the founders of the legendary rock band The Beatles, Yoko Ono once collaborated with George Maciunas in the early days of the Fluxus movement.

The Learning Garden of Freedom is a retrospective exhibition of Yoko Ono’s work, and is the result of a collaboration between the artist’s Studio One in New York and the Kaunas Picture Gallery.

The majority of the exhibition will be shown at the Kaunas Picture Gallery, located not far from George Maciunas’ childhood home.

When? 22 Jan – 11 Sept 2022

9 Sept  – 4 Dec 2022

Where? Bank of Lithuania Kaunas Branch, Maironio g. 25; Kaunas Picture Gallery , K. Donelaičio g. 16; Emmanuel Levinas Centre, Putvinskio g. 14

Organizers: Contemporary Art Centre (CAC)

Partners: Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves (Portugal), M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, Studio One New York (United States), Magenta Landscape Design Festival

www.cac.lt/en
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10.05-15 Kaunas Design Festival

10.05-15

Kaunas Design Festival

In the autumn of 2022, Kaunas plans to celebrate design. Kaunas is the first city in Central and Eastern Europe to receive the status of UNESCO City of Design. And status brings certain obligations!
The international Kaunas Festival of Design is a series of interdisciplinary events – exhibitions, workshops, meetings, conferences, and installations in the city’s public spaces – that will invite the city’s residents and visitors to learn more about the roots of Kaunas’ authentic design, the creators of contemporary Lithuanian design, design innovations, and progressive practices used by designers abroad. We’ll ask participants to raise questions about the convenience and accessibility of this city for everyone and invite them to join in creating a gallery of art in public urban spaces throughout the city and the surrounding region.
Visit and follow our website for more information. See you at the festival!
When? Oct 2022
Where? Kaunas
Organizers: Kaunas 2022 with partners
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10 05 - 11 13 OSTRALE exhibition

10 05 - 11 13

Ostrale Bienalle / Flowing Connections / Power of Water

In 2022, the traveling exhibition of the Dresden Ostrale Bienalle for Contemporary Art will take place in Kaunas and Kaunas District. The exhibition will present impressive artistic works that were selected and exhibited at the Ostrale Bienalle O21 in Dresden in 2021.
Since 2016, the Ostrale Bienalle has organized traveling exhibitions to present the interdisciplinary content of its shows in various parts of Europe, collaborating with other cities that have served as European Capitals of Culture, including Pécs 2010 (Hungary), Wrocław 2016 (Poland), Valletta 2018 (Malta) and Rijeka 2020 (Croatia).
When? 1 Sept – 1 Oct 2022
Where? Kaunas Central Post Office, Laisvės al. 102
Zapyškis, Kaunas District
Dresden, Rethelstraße 45
Curators: Ivana Meštrov (Croatia), Krisztián Kukla (Hungary), Natasa Bodrozic (Croatia), Patricija Gilytė
Organizers: Ars futuri
Partners: Ostrale Biennial for Contemporary Art (Germany)
10 09 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

10 09

Concert by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

A rare gift – an exclusive concert by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Great Britain) in Kaunas!

The European Capital of Culture and all of Lithuania will be able to enjoy a unique opportunity to hear one of the most prestigious ensembles in the United Kingdom – the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (artistic director and chief conductor Vasily Petrenko).

The orchestra will appear together with the Kaunas State Choir (artistic director and chief conductor Robertas Šervenikas), famous for its powerful voice. Together they will perform Ludwig van Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, Op. 80, the predecessor to the famous Ode to Joy, the anthem of the European Union, presenting audiences with the gift of joyful emotion.

 

When? 09 Oct 2022

Where? Kaunas Sports Hall, Perkūno al. 5

Organizers: Kaunas State Philharmonic

www.kaunofilharmonija.lt

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10.14 Assembly of International Design Networks

10.14

Assembly of International Design Networks

Kaunas is assuming its place among the world’s most important cities of design. This assembly is a unique opportunity to present Kaunas as a city of design on the international stage, giving designers a place to meet and establish ties among design communities from different countries.
The forum will be attended by such global design networks as the UNESCO Cities of Design Network, ico-D (International Council of Design), BEDA (Bureau of European Design Associations, and EIDD (Design for All Europe). The assembly programme will feature various meetings, seminars, and conferences.
Several days before the forum opens, international and local design networks with their enduring traditions will hold their most important annual meetings in Kaunas, attended by design policymakers, practitioners from various design fields, and design educators from around the world.
When? 14 Oct 2022
Where? Žalgiris Arena Amphitheatre, Karaliaus Mindaugo pr. 50 & elsewhere in Kaunas
Organizers: Kaunas 2022, Lithuanian Design Forum, Lithuanian Design Association
www.dizainoforumas.lt/en
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11 25–27 3rd Act: The Contract

11 25-27

Third Act: The Contract

The official Closing Ceremonies of the Kaunas European Capital of Culture 2022 programme will be dedicated to signing contract with ourselves and with our city – a pledge to live long and happy lives from this moment forward!
The creators of the Great Contract event are Lithuanian artists, including composer and Lithuanian National Prize laureate Zita Bružaitė, director Gediminas Šeduikis, dramatist and Gold Stage Cross winner Daiva Čepauskaitė, hundreds of Lithuania’s best performers in the production of a contemporary opera composed especially for the occasion.
For the entire weekend of the Closing Ceremonies, various public spaces around Kaunas will be adorned with contemporary light installations brought to Kaunas from sister European cities and other European Capitals of Culture. On Sunday evening, we will bid farewell to our year as Capital of Culture with a magnificent audio-visual show staged at the Raudondvaris Estate, accompanied by an exhibition commemorating the year 2022.
Although these events will officially bring to an end Kaunas’ tenure as a European Capital of Culture, the city will have already become a city of contemporary culture. The Beast of Kaunas will remain in the city and watch over the Contract concluded by all who live here...
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