About the Festival


This festival has been taking place in Vilnius since 1973 and it is one of the very few authentic festivals of folk music in Europe.

Traditionally, the festival takes place on the last week of May and in 2018, it will last for 6 days: May 22–27!

Along with already well known traditional events (such as Sutartinės Evening, Children's Folk Day "Saulytė", Modern Folk Evenings, Traditional dances, Sunday Concerts in the Old Town of Vilnius and others), the festival also aims to create some new traditions (playing traditional instruments, traditional singing workshops, Night music concerts, etc.).

It is the eldest folk festival in Lithuania!

For more than 40 years, "Skamba skamba kankliai" gathers numerous participants and audience highly appreciating the folk tradition. The events of the festival aim to motivate a greater interest of our society and festival guests in Traditional Lithuanian culture and lead to a more professional worldwide presentation of Lithuanian ethnic culture. The festival is also a possibility to maintain and broaden relations between local and international folklorists, as well as to develop the cultural tourism in Lithuania.

Patron of the Festival in 2017 - President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė

Greetings by H.E. President Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania, to the folk festival "Skamba Skamba Kankliai" on its 45th anniversaryPrezidentė Dalia Grybauskaitė 800x532

Dear participants, organizers and guests of the international folk festival "Skamba Skamba Kankliai",

It is for the 45th time this spring that folk music, songs and dances resound through the Old Town of Vilnius, filling its narrow winding streets with a multitude of ethnic rhythms and melodies. These are the reverberating sounds of "Skamba Skamba Kankliai".

The huge success of the festival has been shaped by the unique bond that links the organizers and participants with folklore – a window to the soul and mind of the Lithuanian people, their culture and values throughout the ages. The festival has helped us discover authentic folk music, and we fell in love with it. "Skamba Skamba Kankliai" has become a popular feast of street music, a cultural event of great significance for Vilnius and for entire Lithuania, an open-air stage for presenting local and foreign ethnic musical traditions.

Thank you all who wear their national costumes with pride, sing folk songs, read and tell folktales, perform traditional dances, and teach the young generation to cherish and foster the treasures of folklore. I wish "Skamba Skamba Kankliai" to continue for many more decades to the great joy and delight of folk music lovers and fans.

Dalia Grybauskaitė

President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President of the Republic of Lithuania


Vilnius Ethnic Culture CenterVilnius City Municipality

Brief History

Being the eldest folk festival in Lithuania, it had and still has a great influence on the Lithuanian folk movement. For many years the festival has been an important part of our ethnic culture, which is the basis of our national culture, dispersion and development. During the Soviet occupation the movement of Lithuania‘s folk ensembles (at that time over 800) was one of the ways to resist Soviet ideology and denationalization. This movement had also contributed a lot to the "Singing revoliution" that  led to the re-establishment of independence of Lithuania in 1990.

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