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LITHUANIA’S CENTENARY SONG CELEBRATION “IN THE NAME OF…”
if you haven’t visited Lithuania in the middle of summer when the great Lithuanian Art Olympics
takes place here, it will probably be difficult for you to imagine what a choir of 20 000 sounds like or what the ornaments traced by 9 000 dancers in a single stadium look like. Is it possible to fit the whole country with its variety of villages, towns, dialects, olds songs, dances, arts, foods and other traditions inside the territory of a city park?
All that and more you can see in the Song Celebration. The fundamental parts that form its programme are: Folklore Day, devoted to the traditional culture; Ensembles’ Evening, consisting of colourful, theatrical, stylized performances of folklore ensembles, combining music, song and dance; Dance Day, an interpretation of Lithuanian customs, traditions, and symbols through professionally created dance choreography. The festival’s programme is complimented by the Folk Art Exhibition; the afternoon of Kanklės (traditional Lithuanian string instrument) music; performances by wind orchestras and amateur theatre groups; professional art exhibitions as well as the colourful and emotional parade of all festival participants. The celebration is crowned by the Song Day uniting thousands of singers into a colossal choir.
The 2018 Song Celebration is dedicated to the centenary anniversary of the restoration of the independent state of Lithuania. “In the name of…” is a phrase taken from the state anthem, the National Chant as it is called in Lithuania. The chant has given the ideological ground for the celebration, the axis of all its elements. The respect for the Homeland, its past, people who created and still create the state, respect for the verity, light, morality, a call for concord and unity, a statement of meaningful ways to live and work both for personal and state welfare – these are the fundamental values of the chant, being contemplated and revived in the celebration.
THE LITHUANIA’S CENTENARY SONG CELEBRATION
30 June – 6 July 2018
Kaunas, 30 June
Song Day in Valley of Songs (Time TBA)
Vilnius, 1 July
Opening Concert of the Song Celebration at the Vilnius Town Hall square and Vingis Park
Vilnius, 2 July
14.00 Children Traditional Crafts Town at the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania
16.00 Folk Arts Exhibition (Place TBA)
Vilnius, 3 July
10.00 Folklore Day in Bernardinai Garden and the Castles Territory
18.00 Kanklės’ Concert at the St. Johns’ Church
20.00 Vocal Ensembles’ Concert in the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall
Vilnius, 4 July
13.00 Theatre Day in Bernardinai Garden, in the Old Town and in the Cathedral Square
22.00 Ensembles’ Evening in Kalnai Park
Vilnius, 5 July
13.00 Dance Day in Stadium of the Lithuanian Football Federation (Day time)
18.00 Wind Instruments Orchestras’ Concert at the Siemens Arena
21.00 Dance Day in Stadium of the Lithuanian Football Federation
Vilnius, 6 July
14.00 Procession of Celebration’s Participants from the Cathedral Square to Vingis Park
17.00 Song Day in the stage of Vingis Park