We have called September and October ‘festival months’ in the past, and, it seems, November is ready to join the family. Many of the Kaunas cultural calendar entries were inspired by the upcoming title of European Capital of Culture. Kaunas and Kaunas district will officially start the programme on January 22, 2022 – we can’t wait! And, of course, we are thrilled there are so many inspiring opportunities to go out and dive into art this Autumn.
The exhibition, presenting the results of the four-year Creative Europe platform MagiC Carpets, will present the work of 57 emerging European artists who, over the four years of the project, have rendered specific artistic interpretations of the residence locations in fifteen partner countries.
In Kaunas, each artist will reflect on topics such as marginalization, crossing borders, nationalism, and migration.
The blend of technology, artistic imagination, storytelling and the surrounding space will lead spectators to a new perception of reality.
Held in the Meno Parkas art gallery, the third Kaunas Art Book Fair will feature 18 indie publishers, artists and bookstores. It will also present workshops, discussions, exhibitions, readings and guided tours. This is a great chance to discover the small yet inspiring local art publishing industry.
As a new production for AURA Dance Theater, German choreographer Ben J. Riepe creates a new version of his piece, ‘amour espace’, initially produced for five performers in 2007. Together with the dancers of AURA, the piece will be reworked and newly created into a grand 2020 version for ten performers.
Ben J. Riepe’s works are known to roam between dance/choreography, visual arts and increasingly make use of music, composition, and song on stage as well, creating overwhelming productions of total art. The 2021 version will include live music and dense atmospheres of light, sound, and performance, allowing for a sensual audience experience.
One of the largest and most prominent international cultural film events in Lithuania brings together over 40 000 film fans each year. Every November, the team introduces a selection of highly regarded European films and best-pics from other continents. The focus of the selection is contemporary European filmmaking and its trends, each represented in one of the carefully curated sections.
One of the largest international contemporary art festivals in the Baltic region is themed “Once Upon Another Time… gyveno jie jau kitaip” and offers reflections on current global situations, including the pandemic, with a curatorial project that explores human resilience and adaptation. Curated by Josée Drouin-Brisebois, the biennial investigates different forms of storytelling and narrative in contemporary art.
The Kaunas brass orchestra ‘Ąžuolynas’ is turning 60 this month. Lovers of brass storms will enjoy music by Richard Wagner, Philip Sparke, Eric Whitacre and Lithuania’s Raimundas Martinkėnas.