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“Vilki” prehistory starts in 1980 when a folklore ensemble named after Jukums Vācietis, a commander of Latvian Red Riflemen forces during World War I, was founded. However, it was badly accepted by the occupying Soviet regime, and the KGB arrested the leader of the ensemble Māris Ošs. Then, another similar folklore group was created, but the KGB pressured it once again. Finally, the group “Liepavots” was founded in 1987 with the goal to promote the cultural heritage of Latvian soldiers. As the group turned its attention to learning the songs and the way of life of ancient soldiers, it decided to change its name and has been known as “Vilki” men's ensemble since 1992.

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“Ekton Korka” Udmurt Traditional Dance Studio was founded in 1997. Inspired by the Hungarian “táncház” phenomenon, the members of the group arranged a series of dance-house gatherings (ekton korka) at the Izhevsk culture house, where traditional, non-stylised and non-choreographed Udmurt dances were danced to the traditional accompaniment. Ekton korka was viewed by many as the long-awaited alternative to the Soviet style folk-revue dance ensembles and their pseudo-folk choreographies. Soon a dance group, now known as “Ekton Korka” Udmurt Traditional Dance Studio was formed of the most active regular visitors of ekton korka's sessions. In twenty years of its existence, “Ekton Korka” Studio became one of the most popular traditional-style performing groups in Udmurtia.

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Makowska/Kozłowska/Balewicz is a group coming from Suwalszczyzna in the northeastern Poland. Girls live in various parts of Suwalki region so their repertoire is quite large. They perform songs from Weronika Zubowicz, Jan Jakubowski, Rodzinny Zespół Z Rakowicz, Stanisława Czuper. They have participated in the most important traditional festivals in Poland (Ogólnopolski Festiwal Kapel i Śpiewaków Ludowych w Kazimierzu, Ogólnopolski Konkurs Gawędziarzy, Instrumentalistów, Śpiewaków, Drużbów i Starostów Weselnych „Sabałowe Bajania 2017”) where they were rewarded.

The Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore (Antakalnio str. 6)
16.00 Person and Folklore.  Academic conference

Vilnius Academy of Arts (Maironio str. 6)
19.00 Iš gyvosios versmės. Countryside musicians and singers from Žiūrai (Varėna district) and Seda (Mažeikiai district) villages 

Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania (Gedimino av. 51)
17.00 Inside the Sounds of Kanklės. Exhibition of paper-cutting works by Laimutė Fedosejeva

The Great Aula of Vilnius University (M. K. Čiurlionio str. 21)
18.00 Daunoj, eisim broliai.  War and partisans’ songs sung by men

Courtyard of Lithuanian Theatre, Music and Cinema Museum (Vilniaus str. 41)
17.00 Taukšt, taukšt katučių. Musical games for babies
18.00 Kybur, vybur, kabarai. Musical games for children
19.00 Eisva mudu abudu. Concert of youth folk groups
21.30 Šoksva mudu abudu. Traditional European dances 

Vaidilos Theatre (A. Jakšto str. 9)
18.00 Svetukai mano, rygailio! Concert of festival guest performers from Estonia, Russia, Udmurtia (Russia), Belarus, Poland, Azerbaijan, the Netherlands, Cyprus, Egypt
20.00 “Vydraga” ensemble – now and then

S. Daukantas square
12.00 Darbas meistrą giria. Folk art & gastronomic heritage fair and workshops
20.00 Svetukai mano, rygailio! Concert of festival guest performers from Cyprus, Egypt, Azerbaijan, the Netherlands, Latvia, Poland, Russia

Lithuanian Exhibition And Congress Centre LITEXPO (Laisvės av. 5)
14.00–16.00 Concert of festival guest performers from Russia, Udmurtia (Russia), Belarus, Poland, Estonia, Azerbaijan at AgroBalt 2018’, International Exhibition for Agriculture and Food Industry

The Bastion of Vilnius City Wall (Bokšto str. 20)
18.00 Skambanti bastėja. Lithuanian multipart songs (sutartinės) at the museum
19.00 Sutartinių takas. Lithuanian multipart songs (sutartinės): a polyphonic singing tradition inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
20.00 Vilnius mūsų tėvyna.  Collective singing of Lithuanian multipart songs (sutartinės)

St. Catherine’s Church (Vilniaus str. 30)
17.00 Dai lakštava lakštuote. Folk ensemble “Dijūta”
18.00 Čiulba čiulbutis. Concert of solo and duo performers
21.30 Nakties muzika. Sutartinių pynės. Lithuanian multipart songs (sutartinės). Participants: “Trys keturiose” and Abraham Brody

Courtyard of Lithuanian Theatre, Music and Cinema Museum (Vilniaus str. 41)
21.00 Naktišokiai. Traditional dances (of festival guests’ and Lithuanian) 

S. Daukantas square
12.00 Darbas meistrą giria. Folk art & gastronomic heritage fair and workshops
12.00 Slauna mūsų giminėlė.  Concert of various folk ensembles from Vilnius
15.00 Grajyk, muzikėla! Concert of traditional folk ensembles from Lithuanian ethnographic regions and foreign guest performers
20.00 Šimtmečio dainos. Folk-rock band “Žalvarinis”

Vilnius Teachers’ House (Vilniaus str. 39)
14.00 Sudie, Tėvyne mylimoji. Songs of exiles and partisans

Courtyard of Vilnius Teachers’ House (Vilniaus str. 39)
16.00 Namai, šeima, Lietuva. Performances of storytellers

Naujoji Vilnia Cultural Centre (Gerovės str. 1)
17.00 Concert of festival guest performers from Udmurtia (Russia), Egypt

Vaidilos Theatre (A. Jakšto str. 9)
18.00 Graži tu, mano. Main festival concert

Courtyard of Lithuanian Theatre, Music and Cinema Museum (Vilniaus str. 41)
21.00 Naktišokiai.Traditional dances (of festival guests’ and Lithuanian)

Lithuanian National Culture Centre (Barboros Radvilaitės str. 8) 
23.00–06.00 Naktinės dūzgės. Traditional dances

Druskininkai City
13.00 Concert of festival guest performers from the Netherlands, Cyprus, Udmurtia (Russia), Azerbaijan 

S. Daukantas square
12.00 Darbas meistrą giria. Folk art & gastronomic heritage fair and workshops
12.00 Kaimynėli, svečias būk. Concert of folk ensembles from Lithuanian ethnographic regions
17.30 Festival procession. From Rotušės (Town Hall) square to S. Daukantas square
18.00 Uliokim, braliukai, švintoj Lietuvėlaj. Festival closing concert

Sts Johns’ Church (Šv. Jono str. 12)
14.00 Tradicinių liaudies giesmių valanda. Traditional folk canticles

Lithuanian Theatre, Music and Cinema Museum (Vilniaus str. 41)
12.00 Creative workshop. Festival guests represent their musical and cultural particularities

Courtyard of Lithuanian Theatre, Music and Cinema Museum (Vilniaus str. 41)
12.00–17.00 Saulytė.  Folk event for children and youth performers 

Courtyards, squares & streets of the Old town
15.00–17.00 Prašom, svečiai, kieminėt.Traditional songs, dances and music at: Pilies str., Vilniaus str. (by the statue of S. Nėris), Vilnius University Courtyards (Faculty of History, Faculty of Philosophy), courtyard of Alumnatas, courtyard of Vilnius Teachers’ House,  K. Sirvydas square, S. Moniuška square, L. Stuoka-Gucevičius square

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The Ethnographic Folk Group “Táusen” was founded in 2007. This is an amateur ensemble whose participants are enthusiastic about Russian traditional folk music and Russian native costume. The repertoire of this group consists of ritual, lyric and drawling songs, singing and dancing in a circle and playful songs of different regions of Russia being performed a cappella in the traditional manner.

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