“Baltic Seasons” Festival of Arts [ View On Map ]
A large-scale cultural project initiated by the Minister of Culture of Russia has been held since 2004. During three months each year, the festival hosts weekly theatre performances, as well as music events inviting the best Russian groups and performers. The festival was started as a festival of high art to present the best achievements of contemporary Russian masters of music, dance ans theatre. The goal of the festival is to transform the most Western region of Russia that is separated geographically from the main territory into a significant centre of the country’s cultural life. The organizers’ main idea is to promote the development of cultural ties between Russia and European countries, which would make Kaliningrad a cultural centre on European level.
“Tanztranzit” Festival [ View On Map ]
The international festival of contemporary dance that has been held in Kaliningrad since 2001 presents performances by famous dance theatres and dance companies from Russia and European countries. A significant part of the festival consists of workshops and master-classes with the leading contemporary dance teachers from Europe and Russia. Other programs in the framework of the festival include VideoDance, Biennale of Photoartists, seminars and conferences by the leading European journalists and art critics, and practical courses on cultural management.
Agency for Cultural Initiatives Support “Tranzit” [ View On Map ]
The non-governmental, non-profit organization that has been actively working since 2002, aims at promoting culture as the basis for social and economic development of the region. The agency implements projects contributing to the cultural life of the region. “Tranzit” organizes educational programs in the field of cultural management, provides advice for local cultural institutions and independent managers in strategic management and development, project management, and fund raising. It also promotes the cultural resources of the region. The agency also has a goal to aid in the implementation of innovative cultural projects in the region and development of an international network of cultural contacts.
Artspace “Gates” [ View On Map ]
The gallery is located inside the Sackheimer gates – one of the seven remaining city gates of Koenigsberg – on the intersection of the Litovsky Rampart and Moskovsky Avenue streets. The gallery was opened in 2013 due to the attempts of volunteers and the support by the Kaliningrad union of Photoartists. According to Dmitry Selin, who was one of the initiators of the project, at this stage the gallery mainly focuses on attracting the largest possible numbers of initiative people and volunteers to the space. The gallery hosts photo exhibitions, art flea markets, seasonal celebrations, etc.
Baltic Biennale of Photography “Photomania” [ View On Map ]
The largest festival of photography in the Kaliningrad region has been held since 2003 and currently organized by the Kaliningrad Union of Photoartists. The international festival includes an open competition, an exhibition, various non-competitive photographic and multimedia projects, as well as seminars on the history and theory of photography. The festival occupies almost all the exhibition spaces in Kaliningrad for a period of one month. The project is especially outstanding for bringing together professional and amateur photographers to meet in a single big event. The competition includes participants from all over Russia, as well as Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine and other European countries.
Baltic Branch of NCCA [ View On Map ]
As the only institution in the Kaliningrad region that has been working directly in the field of contemporary art since 1997, the centre adheres to the state cultural policy for promoting contemporary art by the means of exhibitions, collecting, informational, educational and research activities in Russia and other countries. The Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts has implemented over 500 projects and programs, focusing specifically on the unique strategies of artists and curators, as well as their demand and promotion in contemporary society, providing the audience with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with contemporary artistic processes. The Baltic Branch posseses an exhibition space of 1445 m2 at the “Kronprinz” mansard – a historical and cultural monument of the 19th century. Currently, the institution is also preparing to use an exhibition space of 4000 m2 at the “Kronprinz” tower. The centre organizes international exhibitions on a variety of issues and runs educational programs, public discussions and master-classes, as well as an artist-in-residence program. The projects implemented by BB NCCA often become the nominees and winners of “Innovation” – the annual Russian contemporary art award.
Baltic States Biennale of Graphic Arts “Kaliningrad – Koenigsberg” [ View On Map ]
Referred to as “one of the most important and fascinating international cultural events in the region”, the Biennale has been hosted by the Kaliningrad Art gallery since 1990. It gathers artists working with unique graphic techniques, as well as those engaged in printing. Until 2000, the Biennale was open for artists from Russia and former USSR countries. Then it made a new turn in its working activities to bring together artists, curators and art critics from the Batic sea countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden). The Biennale in Kaliningrad showcases over 100 artists from Russia and other countries. The exhibition often occupies the whole gallery space, which is over 3000 m2. Each biennale, accompanied by scientific conferences on issues of contemporary art, provides the gallery collection with new works of art. It publishes collections of scientific articles on contemporary graphics that are based on the results of these conferences. Each biennale also publishes its own catalogue.
Contemporary Poetry Festival SLOWWWO [ View On Map ]
The annual festival has been held in Kaliningrad since 2003 and has been organized by art group “RTSI” together with the Kaliningrad centralized library system. The festival presents classic and experimental poetry, including visual poetry, video poetry, performance, recitation to music, and dance performances. Its program includes performances by poets, their meetings with readers, readings by prose writers, lectures, sound performances and a photo exhibition dedicated to poetry festivals. The goal of the festival is to present to the audience the complexity of the poetic world. “Slowwwo” encourages free creative self-expression, contributes to bringing together poets from different countries, as well as shapes and activates the Kaliningrad community of poets. The festival unites established Russian poets and newcomers, as well as authors from Belarus, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine.
Dance Theater “Inclusions” [ View On Map ]
Founded in 1994 in Kaliningrad as a “company of free-thinking elements”, the theater emerged as the result of the creative quest by choreographer Natalya Agulnik and talented young dancers’ desire to find a new language of expression. As early as in their first performances, the theater demonstrated a strong original vision and communication language by focusing on common human and individual problems. In more than 15 years of its working history, the theater has staged over 20 performances and showed them at various festivals in Russia, Germany, Lithuania and other European countries. The theatre is also a co-founder of the “Association of Dance Theatres of Russia” and the main organizer of “Tanztranzit” festival.
EU Film Festival [ View On Map ]
The festival has been held annually at the Kaliningrad cinema “Zarya” since 2005 to introduce the best European films to the Kaliningrad audience. These are the films that have won national awards and have been nominated at multiple international film forums, have recently participated in the Berlin, Cannes or Venice film festivals, or are the Oscar nominees. Some of the movies are screened in Russia for the first time. Every year the festival attracts over 15000 viewers.
Fort No.1 “Stein” [ View On Map ]
The regional non-governmental charity foundation was established in 2005. Its activities aim at restoration, preservation and cultural and historical use of Fort №1 “Stein” – 19th century architecture monument that is situated just outside Kaliningrad. The foundation engages in a detailed complex study of the monument, tries to keep it in due condition, and raises funds for its regeneration and further development. The organization proposes guided tours and seminars on the history of the fortification, as well as reconstructions of military and historical events, historical costumes and crafts. Numerous musical and other cultural and artistic events take place in the territory of the fort.
Foundation “House-Castle” [ View On Map ]
The non-profit organization was established in 1999 in the city of Chernyakhovsk in Kaliningrad region. It unites enthusiasts who have been regularly coming together since 1997 to clean the territory and the remaining spaces of the Insterburg castle that was founded in 1336. Moreover, they are actively engaged in creating a museum collection, organizing and holding festivals, art exhibitions and theatre performances. From May to October, the territory of the castle welcomes medieval fights and a shadow theater, the audience is also invited to visit its dungeons, art gallery and craftsmen’s workshops. The castle organizes annual Festival of Style, a tourist journey for youth, Chernyakhovsk summer humanitarian school – Studia humanitatis Insterburgensis, Insterburg Philosophy school, creative festival “Millennia Facets”, and an international research and practice conference on the issues of preserving and using historical and cultural legacy of the region. The foundation also holds the Festival of medieval culture to attract history reconstruction clubs from all over Russia.
Gallery “Exit” [ View On Map ]
The gallery that was opened in 2013 in Kaliningrad is located in the corridor of Alexander Lyubin’s photo studio. Dmitry Selin, the artistic director, describes the place as a venue for experiments and rehearsals. “A young artist can have a rehearsal here and then go to a more “significant” place,” – Alexander Lyubin confirms. In this specific way, the initiators of the gallery strive for expanding the Kaliningrad art community.
Govno [ View On Map ]
The first contemporary art gallery in Kaliningrad opened in 201. It occupies a toilet space of 2 square meters in the studio of photographer Alexander Lyubin. According to Alexander, who is also working as head of the gallery, the title of the venue derives from its location. The major goal of the organizers is to make the cultural life in Kaliningrad richer. The space mainly exhibits young artists from Kaliningrad and Moscow.
Herring Day [ View On Map ]
An annual celebration has been taking place each year in April on the territory of the World Ocean Museum since 2006. The month of April was chosen to mark an important date. It was in April 1948 that the first regional herring expedition was sent to the shores of Iceland, which gave birth to the fishing fleet of the Kaliningrad region. For three centuries in a row, it was mainly the Koenigsberg port that welcomed the largest flow of herring import in the country. The Kaliningrad quays sent the fisrt herring expeditions to the Atlantic ocean in the post-war years. The celebration is accompanied by food degustations, fish market, competitions, concerts and other social occasions.
International Festival of Short Films “SHORTER” [ View On Map ]
“The shortest way for young and talented enthusiasts and professionals to the leading producer companies” – that is how the organizers describe their project that they launched in Kaliningrad in 2013. One of the main missions of the festival is to serve as a platform for growing new talents – the so-called “talent campus”. “SHORTER” provides young authors with an opportunity to demonstarate their works to the Russian cinema elite. The festival highlights “art mainstream” movies that are of high artistic quality and are available for as large audiences as possible.
International Music Festival “Jazz At The Philarmony” [ View On Map ]
The annual festival of traditional and avant-garde jazz music has been taking place at the Kaliningrad Regional Philarmony since 2004 and is characterized by a warm welcome to creative researches in the field of intersection of various genres. The latter embrace authentic interpretations of classical works by jazz musicians, or vice versa – presentation of jazz compositions by academic musians, i.e. organists, chamber orchestras, etc. In 2007, the festival started to invite not just groups and individual performers, but also whole festivals that share its main idea, focusing on the topic of jazz and the Baltic sea. For example, it has welcomed Lithuanian festival “Vilnius City Jazz” or “Baltic jazz” – a Moscow jazz festival that has united musicians from the Baltic states under its umbrella. The participants of the festival include many stars of the world jazz music from the USA, Europe and Russia.
International Young Artists Festival “Art Session” [ View On Map ]
A festival of young art hosted by the Kaliningrad Art gallery was launched in 2012. Its main goal is to create an accessible international cultural platform that would incite a dialogue between active participants of the contemporary artistic process, and thus create a large-scale panorama of contemporary art. The festival format, according to the organizers’ idea, allows one to realize one’s creative ambitions “with all the audacity and pathos of the contemporary generation”. The festival also aims at creating new contacts and at integrating Russian art into the global artistic community by hosting public discussions with prominent art critics and theoreticians, as well as wokshops for artists.
Kaliningrad Art Gallery [ View On Map ]
Opened in 1988, the gallery has become one of the youngest and largest galleries in Russia in terms of its exhibition spaces and collections of the 20th century art. The gallery holds up to 50 exhibitions and art projects in its 8 exhibition spaces (3500 m2) in cooperation with Russian and world museums and cultural institutions. The museum owns a collection of over 12000 paintings, craphic works, sculptures, photos and works of applied arts. Its library houses over 8000 books on art and culture and has lecture halls with modern multimedia equipment. The gallery is engaged in research, cultural, educational, publishing and museum activities. It also hosts a lecture hall for school children and students, a school of fine arts for children and a virtual branch of the State Russian museum (Saint Petersburg). The institution regularly holds scientific conferences. The gallery also organizes “Kaliningrad – Koenigsberg” – the Baltic States Biennale of Graphic Arts .
Kaliningrad Centralized Library System [ View On Map ]
The network of the many municipal libraries in Kaliningrad developed to form an autonomous municipal cultural institution in 1979. The Kaliningrad centralized library system includes the Anton Chekhov Central Library and its 20 branches scattered all over the region, of which 6 are children’s specialized libraries. The Kaliningrad CLS owns a holding that counts up to 800000 books, magazines, newspapers, phonorecords and digital editions. The CLS receives around 2000 visitors daily and 100000 visitors annually. The libraries of Kaliningrad regularly hold various cultural events: book presentations, exhibitions of books and magazines, meetings with writers, poets, historians, regional ethnographers and artists, literary evenings, celebrations and competition programs. The Kaliningrad centralized library system organizes some annual literary events and festivals, including “Chekhov Readings”, “Take a Book Into the 21st Century”, “Slowwwo”, “Reading Together”, “Summer with a Book”, etc.
Kaliningrad City Jazz [ View On Map ]
The international festival of jazz music, started in 2006, embraces mainly concerts and jam sessions. The festival is held annually in the Singing field of the Central Park of Culture and Leisure in Kaliningrad, as well as in the fountain square near the Friedrich Schiller monument. The festival’s distinctive features are its famous participants and a high level of organization. The festival is oriented towards its European analogues. The organizers pursue a goal to improve the urban environment by providing good music and to revive the jazz glory of the city, as well as to draw the attention of music elite and amateurs to Kaliningrad.
Kaliningrad Union of Photoartists [ View On Map ]
This non-governmental organization was founded in 1998 to unite professional photoartists in the region. The Union’s policy is to promote photography art by organizing and holding exhibitions, festivals, workshops, and publishing photo albums. The Union is actively engaged in educational activities in the field of photography. It also possesses a unique historical archive and an archive to store artworks by contemporary artists. The organization also holds “Photomania” biennale of photography and a photo seminar at the Baltic spit in Kaliningrad region, with prominent Russian photographers among its participants. The Union also supports the local Photography club and School of photography.
Kvartira [ View On Map ]
This art space in Kaliningrad with a capacity of 25 seats includes a shop, a café and a club. “Kvartira” mostly organizes film screenings, master-classes on photography, graphics, and computer games, art therapy sessions, book readings and concerts. The shop situated here sells actually everything – books, music, films, chairs, tables, frames, “we can even tear off the wooden floor if you want to have it”. In this manner, according to Artem Rizhkov, who the owner of the place, its interior is constantly changing.
Museum Night [ View On Map ]
The annual museum project has been held in Kaliningrad since 2006. As a part of the European Night of Museums, it brings together 17 museums of the city and region. On the night between May 17th and 18th , various museums offer their authentic programs to the audience, including installations, performances, concerts of classical, jazz or medieval music, fire shows, body art sessions and other types of activities breaking the common stereotypes of museum activities. The project is aimed at expanding the cultural space of the Kaliningrad region by consolidating the museum community, raising young people’s interest for museum activities and integrating the region into the European cultural space. The audience and participants in the project are constantly growing in number. Each year, the Museum Night is attended by 3500 people.
Sound Around Kaliningrad [ View On Map ]
Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Art has run this annual international festival of experimental music and sound art since 2011. The festival is a unique opportunity for the Kaliningrad audience to see and hear the works of the leading European artists and musicians working with contemporary experimental music and sound art. It also creates a platform for professional exchange, learning and cooperation between international and Kaliningrad-based sound artists and musicians. The festival offers master-classes, lectures, concerts, exhibitions, cinema and video screenings to present a wide range of artworks related to sound. The festival traditionally welcomes artists from Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland and Russia.
Alternativa [ View On Map ]
An international artistic event that the organizers have called an “anti-festival” is composed of a cycle of contemporary art exhibitions, as well as numerous long-term accompanying campaigns, i.e. studies, meetings of artists and curators, debates and workshops. Due to “Alternativa”’s educational factor, digitalization and documentation of studies are also its important elements. Wyspa Art Institute is the main organizer of the event that was initiated during Gdańsk’s efforts for being awarded with the European Capital of Culture’ 2016 title. Separate components of the campaign are carried out on the post-shipyard grounds.
Baltic Sea Cultural Centre [ View On Map ]
A self-governed cultural institution established in 1992, the Centre is located in two historic buildings: the Old Town Hall that hosts the gallery and the conference room, as well as the gothic St. John church – an extraordinary space with modern infrastructure for concerts and exhibitions. The goals of the institution include the widely understood cultural activities, i.e. organizing music festivals, exhibitions, concerts, conferences and literary meetings. The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre is engaged in regional, Polish and international cooperation, in particular with the Baltic States.
Contemporary Art Centre Łaźnia [ View On Map ]
A municipal institution that was established in 1998 and at the moment has two branches, located in the buildings hosting the former City Bath House in the Lower Town and the New Port of Gdansk. The Centre focuses on contemporary art, both by Polish artists as well as by those from other countries. It has its own collection and is involved in publishing, as well as organizes exhibitions, concerts, film shows, meetings and workshops activating the local community of the Lower Town and the New Port. Its most important regular events include the Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdańsk, “Cities on the Edge” and the Art&Science Meeting.
Feta [ View On Map ]
An International Festival of Street and Open-Air Theatres has been held regularly in Gdańsk since 1997. Initially meant to be a one-off event, “Feta” has become one of the most prestigious events of its type in Poland and a permanent date in the calendar of summer holiday cultural events. The festival, also acknowledged in other countries than its own, offers performances by theaters from all around the world addressed to diverse audiences. “Feta” is organized by “Plama” club that is part of the Gdańsk Archipelago of Culture.
Gdynia Design Days [ View On Map ]
Organized since 2008 in July by the Gdynia Design Centre, the festival is devoted to applied art and design. Due to its open-air form of presentation, the Gdynia festival comes out to greet its viewers. Exhibitions and meetings with creators are accompanied by workshops and educational activities for children, young adults and university students. Presentations of the latest achievements to large audiences, stimulating an interest in design and connecting it with the business sphere are important goals of the campaign.
Grassomania [ View On Map ]
A festival organized since 2009 during fall and winter, “Grassomania” is devoted to the works and person of Gunter Grass, the Nobel Prize winner in literature who comes originally from Gdańsk. The event is organized by the Gdańsk Municipal Gallery. Its key events are held in Wrzeszcz, a district where Mr. Grass used to reside. The sites where the artworks made especially for the occasion are presented are mostly “anti-gallery” places. The festival combines cultural, artistic and educational events, all inspired by the works of the Nobel Prize winner.
Jazz Jantar [ View On Map ]
The oldest coastal and one of the oldest Polish jazz festivals, dating back to the seventies, at the moment is composed of 6 thematic blocks, i.e. mainstream “All That Jazz”, avant-garde “AvantDays”, the “Tri-City Jazz Scene” and the “Young Jazz Scene” presenting students of the Gdańsk Academy of Music. The festival’s concerts make a review of the most important trends in contemporary, global and Polish jazz music and are offering its audience an opportunity to hear live performances by the legends of that music genre.
Monumental Art Festival [ View On Map ]
An International Festival of Monumental Painting has been organized since 2009. The paintings are made on the frontons of blocks of flats in the Gdańsk district of Zaspa – one of the biggest housing projects of the Polish People’s Republic era. Including murals and graffiti, the monumental painting collection that started this way now includes about 40 per cent of works. The murals are performed both by artists from other countries than Poland, as well as students of the Mural School of the Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts. The festival is organized by the Institute of Municipal Culture in cooperation with “Plama” club.
Narrations [ View On Map ]
An international festival of visual arts is held after the dark in the municipal space of the city of Gdańsk. “Narrations”, “Installations” and “Interventions in the Municipal Space” have been held regularly since 2009, in late November and early December. To employ the narrative potential of the city is the key idea behind the festival. The installations both refer to the past of the city and create new stories. The festival emphasizes shaping of the common public space by means of art. Since 2012, the curators for the festival have been selected in an open contest. The Institute of Municipal Culture and The Gdańsk Municipal Gallery are the main organizers of the festival.
One-Minutes [ View On Map ]
A Festival of One-Minute Films and Forms is an annual contest and review of short films, organized by the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre. The One Minutes are a Polish edition of the world-renowned “The One Minutes” Festival, coordinated by Amsterdam’s TOM Foundation. The contest for participants from all over Poland always ends up with a film gala night, held in the St. John Centre in Gdańsk, and then the films are presented in various reviews held both in Poland and other countries. The festival is open to cinema amateurs and professionals and focuses on promoting young talents, as well an attitude to the film as a work of art.
Sounds of the North [ View On Map ]
A festival of folklore-inspired music organized by the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdańsk, “Sounds of the North” was started in the seventies as a contest of folklore bands from the Kaszuby region of Poland and has been functioning under its current name since 1999. Its “Baltic Sea” accent is an element to distinguish the festival from other similar events held in Poland and other countries. At the moment, the festival is organized once every two years during the summer holidays period. Performances by artists from the Baltic Sea region are accompanied by numerous shows, dance and traditional music workshops, documentary screenings, as well as the exceptional Dance Night.
Streetwaves [ View On Map ]
A spring municipal campaign held regularly since 2008 involves various artistic activities performed outside the central parts of Gdańsk. To make use of the municipal space as an alternative stage for small campaigns, such as mini-concerts, artistic installations, exhibitions or workshops, is the major idea behind the project. Local residents are also invited to participate in its fascinating events that are traditionally held in unexpected locations. The “Streetwaves” program is mainly co-created by local artists. The Institute of Municipal Culture is in charge of its organization.
The Gdańsk Gallery of Photography [ View On Map ]
Dating back to 1977, the Gallery was incorporated into the structures of the National Museum in Gdańsk in 1995. At the beginning it focused on studying and collecting photography from all over Gdańsk, Poland, and the Eastern borderlands. At the moment, the institution is open to presenting photography as a field of contemporary art in a wider context, i.e. as an element of installations, interactive forms, performances or videos. Since it is also the Photography Department of the National Museum in Gdańsk, building collections of contemporary photography and providing educational activities is also an important mission of the institution.
The Gdańsk Municipal Gallery [ View On Map ]
A municipal institution established in 2008 incorporates three spaces located in the Gdańsk Old Town. “Gallery 1” mainly presents a cycle called “Dialogue” that involves a creative meeting of young artists from Poland and other countries. “Gallery 2” focuses on presenting art from other countries, as well as the “Logos-Bios” cycle that is devoted to sculptors from Gdańsk and neighboring areas. “4G” is a gallery whose program is closely related to presenting the works by Günter Grass and created in cooperation with the author. The Gallery’s most important regular events include the Gdańsk Art Biennale, “Grassomania” and “Narrations”.
The Institute of Municipal Culture [ View On Map ]
A municipal institution was established as a result of a transformation of the organization that coordinated Gdańsk’s efforts to be awarded with the European Capital of Culture’2016 title. The institution is engaged in researching and analyzing new phenomena in culture, as well as its links with other spheres of life. In its enterprises, the Institute focuses on activating residents of Gdansk and consciously reaching for new audiences. It completes projects involved in social affairs concerning the public space and the quality of life of the residents of Gdańsk. Among other things, the Institute runs a Cultural Information Centre and organizes a Cultural Observatory.
The Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdańsk [ View On Map ]
An international artistic enterprise carried out by Contemporary Art Centre “Łaźnia” since 2005 is engaged in consistent building of permanent collections of artworks in the municipal space of the city of Gdańsk. Site-specific artistic projects are selected in closed competitions. The collection plays an important part in the revitalization of the Lower Town district, also performing a substantial educational function by holding workshops for children and young adults.
The State Gallery of Art [ View On Map ]
The State Gallery of Art is a self-governed exhibition institution with headquarters in Sopot. The goals of the gallery include presenting various phenomena of arts, both traditional and contemporary. The Gallery organizes exhibitions of Polish artists and authors from other countries, particularly the representatives of the Gdańsk artistic circles. The institution also engages in its own educational and exhibitory activities, has a huge library and owns a collection of Gdańsk art that has been accumulated in over 40 years. Recently, the Gallery moved to new headquarters, whose exhibitory space covers 1000 m2.
The Żak Club [ View On Map ]
A municipal cultural institution in Gdańsk dates back to 1957, when it was functioning as the club for the seacoast students. The institution is engaged in widely understood cultural activities, focusing on organizing concerts, theatre performances, film screenings, dance and theatre workshops, as well as exhibitions. Its range of activities that are mainly addressing young viewers includes European, Asian and Latin American cinema, jazz and alternative music, dance theatre, Butoh performances and Polish avant-garde art. “Żak”’s most prominent events include the “Jazz Jantar” international jazz festival and the Gdańsk Dance Festival.
Transvizualia [ View On Map ]
A festival of musical and multimedia forms is organized in Gdynia by the “A Kuku Sztuka” association. The festival has been held in the autumn since 2007 to present various aspects of audiovisual arts: film, music, videoart, performances and installations. “Transvizualia” is an international festival accompanied by numerous exhibitions, workshops, meetings and special events. The festival goes out to Gdynia’s public space, while its accompanying events are also held in all the parts of the Tri-City.
Wyspa Art Institute [ View On Map ]
A non-commercial artistic institution established in 2004 by the Wyspa Progress Foundation originates from and is directly related to the post-shipyard grounds, where its headquarters are located, as well as to the social and historic heritage of that extraordinary place. The work of the Institute focuses on organizing exhibitions, workshops and discussions related to the international contemporary artistic culture. Wyspa Art Institute also has its own collection, offers a residential program and is engaged in publishing. Its most important regular events include “Alternativa” and the Subjective Bus Line.
Apeiron Theatre [ View On Map ]
It is a creative organization established by graduates of the Faculty of Arts – G.Kazlauskaitė and E.Kazickaitė, who develop the concept of a discursive theatre often referring to the texts of contemporary authors. The major areas of interest include relations between an individual and society, reality and realness, rules of conduct and social conventions, communication failure in interpersonal relations. In fall 2013 the theatre moved into the premises rendered by its sponsor in the centre of the city; the theatre organises performance, theatre actions, other cultural events.
Turgaus street 16/Tiltų street12, 3 floor, Klaipėda
Baroti Gallery [ View On Map ]
The gallery established by Klaipėda County Artists’ association in 1992 was among the first ones in the city to open after restoration of Independence. The gallery presents artworks of Klaipėda artists as well as works of contemporary Lithuanian artists and authors who have already become classics. The gallery organises exhibitions, cooperates with various events and festivals of the city and initiates creative projects. Sells painting, sculpture, ceramics, graphic, etc. artworks by Lithuanian artists.
Battery „Memel-Nord” [ View On Map ]
Battery „Memel-Nord” – the only fortifications of such type in Lithuania. In the same manner as other fortifications located around Klaipėda, they were built in 1939 upon order of the top management of the German Navy. Exactly in this year, having annexed Klaipėda land to Germany, fortification of Klaipėda port and its coastal defence line was started. Construction of two batteries of coastal artillery was planned. One should have been built in Smiltynė near Kopgalis – “Memel Sud” (“Klaipėda – South”), the other one – “Memel Nord” (“Klaipėda – North”) – behind Giruliai, in Kukuliškių village.
Since 2009, Klaipėda military history club in collaboration with the Seaside Regional park has started creating a museum there aiming at representation of the history of these fortifications and Klaipėda land during WWII. The museum gathers collection of exhibits related with the above and other fortifications and the World War II.
Kukuliškiai village, Klaipėda region
Castle Museum [ View On Map ]
Castle museum is located in authentic 16th -18th c. posterns of the city castle. Here one can learn about evolution of the castle and the city, see archaeological finds, documents, Klaipėda city seals found by archaeologists in the site of the castle and in the Old Town as well as reconstructed 17th c. costumes. Among the most interesting exhibits – a symbol of the Renaissance Klaipėda – a golden ring with a precious stone (dating to the middle of the 16th c.) found in the site of the castle during archaeological excavations. The exhibition also displays a model of Klaipėda castle and town of the second half of 17th c.
In the 20-seat cinema hall one can watch Soviet-time Klaipėda city newsreels, and the most curious guests will see future vision of the 21st c. city.
Pilies str. 4, Klaipėda
Castle Theatre [ View On Map ]
Established by the stage director A.Vizgirda in 1985, the theatre has two troupes: professional (stage art) and street events. Professional actors give stage performances while musicians, dancers, art students take part in street performances and events. During its 28 years of creative work, the troupe staged over 50 performances, went on tour to 30 foreign countries. Mystery-like improvisational street performances created by the Castle Theatre: „Sirenos”/Sirens/, „Porcelianinės vestuvės”/Porcelain wedding/, „Versalio sodai”/ Gardens of Versailles/, etc. – have become a calling card of Klaipėda and the Sea festival. Artistic director and actors of the theatre organise the international street theatre festival „Šermukšnis” (Rowan).
Centre of Ethnic Culture [ View On Map ]
Centre of Ethnic Culture of Klaipeda Municipality was established in 1991. Creative staff of the centre “accustomed” local residents to gather here on calendar holidays, revived and successfully fosters old traditions characteristic to this coastal land, has been introducing and continues introducing traditional crafts and customs to young generations. The Centre of Ethnic Culture fosters ethnic values: folklore, customs, rites and ceremonies, national costume, traditional crafts, culinary heritage etc., striving for preservation of original character of Klaipeda city and the region.
7 art groups work within the frameworks of the Centre of Ethnic Culture.
The Centre of Ethnic Culture organizes the international folklore festival Parbeg laivelis.
Daržų str. 10, Klaipėda
Clock and Watch Museum [ View On Map ]
Klaipėda Clock and Watch Museum under Lithuanian Art Museum
Klaipėda Clock and Watch Museum was established in Liepų street № 12 in 1984, while the first exhibition of historical clocks and watches in Lithuania was opened in 1977 in Klaipėda Art gallery. This exhibition of items gathered by Klaipeda collectors received wide acclaim from local residents and guests of the city. In 1979, on initiative of the management of Lithuanian Art Museum the exhibition – supplemented and extended by clocks and watches from the Art Museum collections – became the Clock and Watch branch of Lithuanian Art Museum. The museum introduces to the history of evolution of clock construction, models of sundials, water-, sand-, fire-clocks, details of mechanical clocks and watches pertaining to various historical periods.
Liepų str. 12, Klaipėda
Collective Garden [ View On Map ]
“Collective garden” – organisation established in Klaipėda in 2011 striving for coverage of as wide as possible range of creative activities – image, sound, movement. The Collective garden does not promote just one branch of art; it is open to all available fields and forms of art thus offering a constantly changing area for expression of creative ideas. The objectives of the organisation – to introduce young artists to the city public, to promote cooperation among the representatives of all areas of art, to join artists for common projects, to look for new forms of art thereby creating experimental art.
The organisation organises lectures, workshops, exhibitions.
Naujoji Uosto str. 3, Klaipėda
Contemporary Dance Theatre „Padi Dapi Fish“ [ View On Map ]
The Dance Theatre was founded in 2013 by Klaipėda artists’ group „Žuvies akis“/Fish eye/, which in the recent years has focused its major efforts on active and productive staging and dissemination of contemporary dance projects. Choreographer Agnija Šeiko with her fellow dancers and choreographers are the core troupe members. The repertoire of the dance theatre is based on creative work of the group „Žuvies akis“. The mission of the theatre – to promote professional contemporary dance in Klaipėda.
„Šokio galerija“ (Herkaus Manto street 31, PPC „Žemaitija“ III floor)
Festival „Muzikinis rugpjūtis pajūryje“/Musical August at the seaside/ Klaipėda State Music Theatre [ View On Map ]
The International Opera and Symphonic Music Festival „Muzikinis rugpjūtis pajūryje“/Musical August at the seaside/ tours the Lithuanian seaside every summer: its events are staged both in Klaipėda and other towns of Klaipėda County. The festival programme comprises of concerts of symphonic, opera, popular, chamber music, art actions in public spaces, discussions. Klaipėda State Music Theatre – the largest professional art company in the entire region of the Western Lithuania. The theatre has over 200 employees. During long years of its creative activity the theatre has staged over 100 plays of various genres and epochs with an increased focus on compositions of Lithuanian composers.
Festival of contemporary music „Permainų muzika“/Music of changes/ Klaipėda Concert Hall [ View On Map ]
The festival of contemporary music „Permainų muzika“/Music of changes/ every fall presents the best examples of the 20th -21st century music as well as the most modern forms of expression, introduces interdisciplinary interactions, encourages unconventional forms of creative activities. The repertoire of the festival includes masterpieces that triggered the changes in the history of the last century music as well as innovative searches by contemporary composers. This festival as well as others are organised by a concert institution of Klaipėda city municipality – Klaipėda Concert Hall, the main activities of which – to nurture professional stage art and to organise its public performances.
Festival PLArtforma [ View On Map ]
The International Festival of Contemporary Visual and Performing Arts PLArTFORMA aims at presenting a variety of artistic explorations and creative potential of various artists, groups of artists, regions and countries through an integrated creative process. Organised since 2005, the festival introduces a wide range of genres and forms: from contemporary music and fine art, dance and theatre to new circus and short films, and its key concept is related to the geographical and metaphysical interpretations of shore or boundary zone. The festival PLArTFORMA is recognised by Klaipėda city municipality as one of the representative festivals of the city. Organiser – the artists’ group „Žuvies akis“ “/Fish eye/.
Naujoji Uosto str. 3, Klaipėda
Fish Eye [ View On Map ]
The group of artists „Fish Eye” established in 2002 joins artists of various fields: painters, designers, choreographers, dancers, sculptors, art critics. The name of the group symbolises the character of activities of its members – an open approach towards innovations, artistic experiments, energy and professionalism – as well a presence in the sole port of Lithuania. The key objective of the group – to join various artists, to facilitate their integration into cultural life, to organise various art events and projects, to collaborate with Lithuanian and foreign artists and as a vibrant player to contribute to culture and creative processes in Klaipėda.
Naujoji Uosto str. 3, Klaipėda
Gallery [si:said] [ View On Map ]
Non-profit organization established by Skaistė and Rolandas Marčiai in June 2013. The gallery presents artworks of Lithuanian and foreign authors. An idea to establish a new chamber hall for art exhibitions was incited by a lack of such places in the city and the need to create a platform for art information exchange and collaboration. The word „seaside“ chosen for the gallery‘s name sounds as if a phrase „see side “, which can be further interpreted as “see [other] side, shore or seaside“. It describes the aims of the gallery – to introduce local, „seaside“ artists or the ones arriving from any other „side“, who are already familiar to the local public through one or another aspect of their creative work.
Gliukai theatre [ View On Map ]
Theatre troupers „Gliukai“, according to their official presentation, add variety to leisure time of people of various ages, sexes and nationalities; it is engaged into assisting in free-of-charge cremation of artists, in making eternal wreaths and crushing lamps of culture to make it darker. The founder of the theatre – stage director B.Šarka. Veikia in the centre of culture „Fishermen‘s palace.
History Museum of Lithuania Minor [ View On Map ]
One of the oldest buildings in Klaipėda Old town built in the end of 18th c. hosts the largest museum of Klaipėda land history. Here one can familiarise with Pagan and Christian cultures of the land, wander through maps made by ancient cartographers, understand the processes and driving forces of formation of the East Prussia and Klaipėda land, look at Old Klaipėda in postcards and photographs. The exposition also includes paintings by K. Eulenstein and other painters. And the ones interested in crafts of this region will see many interesting details – from costumes and adornments of the local people to unique beehives made of straw.
Didzioji Vandens str. 6, Klaipeda
IKRA [ View On Map ]
Klaipeda Region Association of Creative Industries IKRA
Klaipeda Region Association of Creative Industries IKRA was founded in October 2011. The organization comprises of 27 individuals and companies representing design, architecture, advertising, public relations, IT, event organization, media, film, music and performing arts sectors.
IKRA vision is to become a cluster, which builds connections among science, art, business and society, fosters development and effective partnerships in creative industries binding both cultural and economic aspects.
The association organises annual festival of Klaipėda creative industries „IKRA week”.
International Street Theatre Festival „Šermukšnis“ [ View On Map ]
„Šermukšnis“, which originally started as a festival of chamber performances in 1985, has grown to a prestigious event held in Klaipėda every second summer. Since 2001 the festival has been organised in unconventional open spaces of the city. Although the main theme of the festival is theatre, „pure“ theatre performances constitute only a small part of the programme. „Šermukšnyje“ is full of musical performances, attractions, circus numbers; and the festival spirit reveals itself through colours, sounds and phantasmagorical vibe that spreads over the Old town of Klaipėda. Actors, musicians, singers, circus artists from more than 20 countries have already given performances.
Klaipėda, various places in the Old town
KKKC [ View On Map ]
Klaipėda Culture Communication Center
Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre established in 2005 is a municipal budgetary institution. The mission of the Centre is to present the most relevant art issues, tendencies, and creative process to the society through contemporary art forms and means; to develop and promote relationship between an artist and end-user of his/her artworks; to facilitate integration of the artists of the city into the national and international contexts, to reduce exclusion of art makers and end-users of culture from different art regions and countries.
The creative structure of one of the biggest art centres in Lithuania comprises of the Exhibition Hall, International Art Residence, and Studio, the Culture Portal www.kulturpolis.lt. The institution organises exhibitions, educational events, lectures, concerts, shows films, develops artist-in residence programme.
Bažnyčių g. 4, Klaipėda
KCCC Exhibition Hall
Didžioji Vandens g. 2, Klaipėda
Klaipėda Castle Jazz Festival [ View On Map ]
International Jazz festival held every June designated to jazz, so called „world music” and popular music fans and enthusiasts of different ages and musical taste. The first Klaipeda Castle Jazz Festival was held in 1994. Its origin is associated with the Jazz music department of Klaipėda University that prepares professional performers of jazz and popular music. That is why such music is especially popular not just in Klaipėda itself, but in all region of West Lithuania as well. Klaipėda Castle was chosen as the symbol of the festival striving for wider publicity for restoration works that were actively started in the castle site at that time. At present the festival concerts are always staged in the open spaces and free of charge; Celebrities -guests of the festival give master classes for students of Klaipėda university – together they also prepare one joint project.
Organiser – Association „Klaipėdos džiazo festivalis / Klaipėda jazz festival”
Kurpių str. 1a, Klaipėda
Klaipėda Concert Hall [ View On Map ]
Klaipėda Concert Hall
The Concert Agency of Klaipėda Municipality Klaipėda Concert Hall (KCH) – is a budgetary institution founded in 2005. The main activity – to develop professional stage art and to organise public performances. Klaipėda Concert Hall is the largest and only concert agency in West Lithuania, it has three professional ensembles and Klaipėda Carillion. KCH season lasts for 10 months.
The agency organises three festivals every year:
– “Klaipėdos muzikos pavasaris” (“Klaipėda Music Spring”) – is the oldest festival of classical music in Lithuania. It is famous for big projects of classical music: concerts of the symphonic and chamber orchestras, operas, etc.
– “Permainų muzika” (“Music of Changes”) – festival of modern music presenting the best pieces of 20th-21st c. music, the most modern forms of expression, interactions among various fields of art, promoting unconventional ways of composition.
– “Salve Musica” – festival of classical music dedicated for Christmas. Its programme consists of famous pieces of popular classics, diverse entertaining and popular projects that emphasize the elevated mood of the seasonal spirits.
Šaulių str. 36, Klaipėda
Klaipeda Culture Factory [ View On Map ]
Established in the former Tobacco factor, this incubator of contemporary stage art and creative industries is an experimental and educational centre for creative community, a place for presentation and sale of creative products. The key objectives of KUFA – having gathered together artists of various genres and forms and their groups and persons engaged into development of art-related businesses (creative industries) in one spot, to create modern infrastructure for creative activities, to ensure favourable environment for small and medium businesses establishment, to increase their viability, to get the local community more actively involved into cultural life of the city. Estimated date of opening – October 2014.
Klaipėda Drama Theatre [ View On Map ]
The origin of Klaipėda Drama Theatre dates back to 1935, when a troupe of closed Šiauliai theatre moved to Klaipėda. Under the name of Klaipėda State Theatre it had been working until spring 1939, i.e. until annexation of Klaipėda Land, and was known as a progressive one. After WWII, in 1946 officially opened as Klaipėda Musical Comedy Theatre it became Klaipėda Drama theatre in 1951. Already for a half of century the theatre has been associated with the name of Povilas Gaidys – its long-time head stage director, currently artistic director, who has nurtured quite a number of gifted actors. As the theatre building in the Old town is closed for reconstruction until 2016, the theatre rehearses and gives performances at the Culture Centre “Fishermen’s House”.
Klaipėda Gallery [ View On Map ]
The gallery established by the Fund of Lithuanian Artists in 1997 is engaged in promotion and dissemination of professional art, organises exhibitions of local and Lithuanian professional artists, initiates and implements art projects both in its own facilities and other exhibition halls in the Republic of Lithuania or abroad. The gallery presents artworks of various genres: fine art, sculpture, graphic art. Personal and group exhibitions form an integral context based on alteration of fine and applied art. The character and format of displayed exhibits is determined by specific exhibition space: the gallery is located in a cosy timber-framed 18th century building, has 4 exhibition halls and a galleryin the supermarket.
Klaipėda Photography gallery and the bar „Leika“ [ View On Map ]
The branch unites about 30 photo-artists; it organises personal and group exhibitions of local and foreign photo-artists, publishes photo albums and publications; it implements in average 12 projects annually. The premises of the branch in Klaipėda Old Town are used for exhibitions of photography, and the ground floor of this cosy building houses a compact bar „Leika“ – a place frequented by admirers of Bohemian atmosphere.
Klaipėda Puppet Theatre [ View On Map ]
Klaipėda Puppet Theatre continues the activity of Klaipėda University puppet theatre „KU-KŪ”. Its history started in 1992. The founder is a stage director, painter and dramatist Jūratė Januškevičiūtė. Students-puppeteers studying puppet theatre stage-direction also contributed to „KU-KŪ” theatre repertoire and engaged into joint experiments. The puppet theatre „KU-KŪ” mostly staged chamber performances with 1 or 2 actors, controlling several puppets each.
Every second year Klaipėda Puppet Theatre organises the festival „Karakumų asilėlis”. The first festival of the chamber puppet theatres was organised on the initiative of Klaipėda University Puppet Theatre “KU-KŪ” and the Stage direction department in 1997. Six years later the festival tradition was revived by young puppeteers who organised the 2nd festival of the puppet theatres “Karakumų asilėlis” in 2003 and the 3rd festival in 2005, which – along with further development of Klaipėda Puppet Theatre and inflow of young actors – has grown international.
Vėžėjų str. 4, Klaipėda
Klaipėda Ships parade [ View On Map ]
Klaipėda Ships parade
In 2010 a new marine tradition was born in Klaipėda – a festival opening the summer shipping season „Klaipėda Ships Parade”.At the same time the festival presents maritime business and entertainments to the wide public. „Klaipėda Ships Parade” – is a festival offering a wide range of activities to its guests: leisure trips on boats, visits to the Lithuanian Navy vessels, introduction to marine history of Klaipėda, old crafts. And the culmination of the festival – nocturnal parade of ships illuminated by luminous garlands and grand musical fire-works in Smiltynė. Every year the festival every joins various initiatives that become an important entertainment, cultural and information event promoting marine identity of both Klaipėda city and entire Lithuania and Europe.
Organiser – Public institution „Klaipėdos šventės”
S. Daukanto str. 15, Klaipėda
Klaipėda Youth Theatre [ View On Map ]
The theatre under leadership of the National Prize laureate, actor and stage director Valentinas Masalskis was founded on the basis of the company of actors „trupė p.s.“ comprising of hisdrama students and graduates. Established in 2010, this Klaipėda-based group had grown into a professional theatre by 2012 and after reorganisation changed its name into Klaipėda Youth Theatre. Since the very beginning composer N.Sinkevičiūtė and stage designer R.Valčik have collaborated with the troupe. The theatre stages drama performances, mostly – on socially relevant topics, gives musical and rhythm performances, performs on tours in Lithuania and abroad, organises projects: the festival „Young Theatre Days“, the festival dedicated to Mother’s Day „A dish to other’s mother”, is an active participant of the city events.
Kulturpolis.lt [ View On Map ]
Culture portal Kulturpolis.lt
The culture portal www.kulturpolis.lt administered by Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre started its activities in 2009. The portal analyses and reviews the Lithuanian art stage, presenting tendencies and topical issues, information on art competitions, art residencies and the major art events around the globe.
Organiser – Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre
Didžioji Vandens str. 2, Klaipėda
Lithuanian Maritime Museum [ View On Map ]
Lithuanian Maritime Museum is located in Kopgalis – the farthest northern point of 98-kilometer long Curonian Spit, at Klaipėda port gates. The coastal fortress in Kopgalis built in the second half of the 19th century comprised of the central redoubt, a defensive ditch, ramparts and casemates under the ramparts, gunpowder depots. After the Second World War the fortress was left in ruins.
In 1979, the restored and reconstructed fortress was converted into the museum with aquariums with Lithuanian freshwater, Baltic and tropical seas fish as well as display of collection of preparations of the sea fauna.
Penguins, Baltic seals and North Sea lions live in outdoor pools by the aquarium building. Exposition of Lithuanian navigation history is displayed in the casemates under the ramparts and the gunpowder depots; on the berms, in the former gun platforms, there is a collection of ancient and modern anchors.
On the shore of the Curonian Lagoon, on the site of old village of Kopgalis fishermen an ethnographic seaside fisherman’s homestead was built, and nearby – the site for exposition of fishing ships, the pioneers of industrial fishing in Lithuania. In 1994, the dolphinarium was opened – the only one on the Eastern Baltic Sea coast.
Smiltynės str. 3, Klaipėda
MEKUSA [ View On Map ]
MEKUSA is, perhaps, the most mysterious artists’ society in Klaipėda. Notwithstanding its quite long existence, even now it is difficult to describe its activity by conventional categories; the organisation brings an air of informality and maverick charm into the city’s cultural life and a characteristic feature of its members is their ironical attitude towards the processes and stereotypes of contemporary art; therefore it often becomes an object of their mockery in performances, theatre actions, traditional and single-time art interventions that open unlimited prospects for interpretation for the public. MEKUSA activities represent a response of the Western Lithuania to cultural snobbism of the capital and the tendencies of culture centralisation.
Klaipėda, various places
Music bar „Kaštonas/Chestnut” [ View On Map ]
Music bar „Kaštonas/Chestnut”, opened in 2012 – the centre of attraction, bringing joy to Klaipėda people by live concerts, exclusive atmosphere, good food and smiling personnel. Here You can listen to both Lithuanian and foreign bands playing alternative music.
Danės str. 6 – 1, Klaipėda
Music studio „Grock“ [ View On Map ]
The studio founded and headed by the musician and pedagogue Linas Švirinas was established in 2008. The main areas of activity – music education for children, youth and adults, organisation of concerts, a recording studio, sound engineering services for outdoor and indoor events. Here, one can learn to sing, to play various musical instruments, find fellow-artists for one’s first band, create and record a single, organise the first concert. The study organises the festival „Grock“- the only Youth music festival in the Western Lithuania.
Night at the Old Town Market [ View On Map ]
Organised annually at Klaipėda Old Town Market since 2012 this art provocation includes theatre, musical and interdisciplinary performances, art workshops, and the market stalls are temporarily occupied by artists of various genres and producers of unconventional production. The idea of the event is to encourage regeneration of the Old town, development of creative industries and entrepreneurship of local residents, to promote culture-related activities and the community spirit, to support young artists of the city. Organisers: Klaipėda Youth Theatre and Klaipėda Region Association of Creative Industries (IKRA).
P. Domšaitis Gallery [ View On Map ]
P. Domšaitis gallery under Lithuanian Art Museum (at that time it was called Klaipėda Art gallery) was opened in 1973. In 2001 permanent exposition of the works created by painter Pranas Domšaitis (1880–1965) was opened in the oldest part of the gallery. Lithuanian Art Museum holds the world’s largest collection of the painter’s works – 665 oil paintings, pastels, watercolours, drawings, prints donated to Lithuania by the Lithuanian Foundation (USA). Cosy and romantic atmosphere of “painter’s atelier” was created in the halls exhibiting the works by P. Domšaitis. In 2004, in commemoration of expressionist painter P. Domšaitis Klaipėda Art gallery was named Pranas Domšaitis gallery.
Liepų str. 33, Klaipėda
Pantomime Theatre „A“ [ View On Map ]
Founded by A.Mažonas in 1993, the theatre is currently located in the centre of culture „Fishermen‘s palace“. Promoting expression through pantomime and motion the artist creates original diverse projects: from a dramatic, full of tragic insights performance to ironical entertainment sketches. A. Mažonas is not an enthusiast of classical pantomime, and even turns away from it in some of his performances. The artist calls his style „soul dance“. The theatre is among participants of numerous international festivals in Lithuania and abroad, projects and experimental interdisciplinary collaborations with artists of other genres.
Placdarmas [ View On Map ]
Placdarmas/Foothold/ – informal literature festival at the sea. The first gathering of poets „Placdarmas” was organised in 2000. Its initiators – the Seaside Regional park and Klaipėda poets Gintaras Grajauskas, Rimantas Kmita and Mindaugas Valiukas. Venue of the event is quite exotic – it is former military fortifications behind Giruliai, in the Seaside regional park. After a five-year break (from 2006) „Placdarmas” was revived again in 2011.
Black fortress, Giruliai
See Festival [ View On Map ]
Klaipėda Sea Festival is an annual event of Klaipėda city traditionally held on the last weekend of July. The festival brings a lot of culture, sports and entertainment events to the city: concerts, shows, performances. The major part of the events organised within the framework of the Sea Festival are focused on „marine themes” revealing them also by character and venues (cruise ship terminal, Smiltynė, territory of „Memel city”, embankments of the River Danė) of the events. The first Sea festival, called the Day of the Sea at that time, promoting the sea, seafaring and sea-related professions was organised on 12 August, 1934. Today the Sea Festival in Klaipėda is also called the second or summer Christmas.
Organiser – Public institution „Klaipėdos šventės”
S. Daukanto str. 15, Klaipėda
TEMA [ View On Map ]
Public Institution „Tema” (Tarptautinė Eksperimentinė Meno Akcija – International Experimental Art Action) started its activity in autumn 2009. Established in industrial environment t, this inspiring space is designated to fulfill various artistic ideas, initiatives, non-commercial projects and to join artists with different backgrounds (music, theater, visual arts, etc.) for joint activities. The fact that each member of „Tema” develops his/her own „genre”explains the variety of creative events and projects; each event is followed by relevant workshops, experiments, performances, concerts and other activities.
Liepų str. 83, Klaipėda
The Blacksmith’s Museum [ View On Map ]
The Blacksmith’s Museum – a branch of the History museum of Lithuania Minor – is located in reconstructed building that was owned by famous blacksmith from Klaipėda Fr. Grimm. Authentic interior of another famous blacksmith’s G. Katzke forge is restored in the museum. The exhibition includes forged weathervanes typical for this region, crosses from the cemeteries of Klaipėda region, fences, gates, crosses-suns from Greater Lithuania, architectural elements of houses of the old town of Klaipėda, fishing gear, household articles fishery equipment. This exhibition traces two cultures – Greater Lithuania and Lithuania Minor.
Šaltkalvių 2,2a str., Klaipėda
The Free theatre (LATE) [ View On Map ]
The Free theatre was established by the stage director N.Gedminas with his fellow artists in 2009; since the very first performances it has focused on creative searches of young artists and youth-relevant topics providing a stage both for professionals and debutants. Quite a number of students of Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre played their first roles in the performances of the theatre; in Klaipėda, LATE organised the festival of performances staged by debutant directors „Belsti, kol atidarys“/ Knock until someone opens/, where diploma performances by students of the Stage directing department were played. Performances of the theatre, which are most often based on the works of contemporary foreign authors, raise psychological and social problems; analyze complicated stories of personal relations and growth to maturity.
Klaipėda, gives performances in various places