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MiarežaAnos šalies svotai. Belarusian folklore group “Miareža”
“Anos šalies svotai” is one of the events of the International Folklore Festival “Skamba skamba kankliai” dedicated to the presentation of foreign folklore.
The name of the ensemble “Miareža” means a hem that connects the edges of the fabric. This name was chosen as the singers are especially attracted by the culture of the Belarusian: the border with Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, and Ukraine. These areas seem to unite the musical traditions of Belarus and neighboring nations as if with an ornate stitch.
The group’s repertoire includes archaic and lyrical songs, which the performers take over during folklore expeditions, as well as examining recordings stored in archives. However, the group’s activities are not limited to learning about singing traditions – the girls also perform instrumental music, participate in traditional yearly celebrations, and recreate the national costumes of various places, which they wear during their performances. The participants of the group are also active in the processes of integrating folklore into the modern world: they organize workshops, participate in modernized folklore projects, and organize traditional festivals.
The band has already released 3 albums: “Čarnobyl” (2016), “Žyta. Žycejka” (2016) and “Pra kachannie i liubou” (2019).
The concert “Anos šalies svotai” will be available in two ways.
🎥 Watch the broadcast on the festival’s Facebook page.
🎞️ You can also see the event on the festival screen in the yard of Vilnius County Adomas Mickevičius Public Library; get a free ticket here: https://bit.ly/3hCwakL.
Grajyk"Grajyk, muzikėla!" Is one of the events of the International Folklore Festival "Skamba skamba kankliai". It will feature Lithuanian traditional instrumental music.
The following performers will play in the concert:
• Vilnius city traditional music bands: “Duja” (led by A. Lunys), “Vydraga” (led by A. Klova), “Ratilai” (led by D. Mockevičius), “Giežikai” (led by G. Kirdienė);
• Folk music band "Noragas" of Širvintos Culture Center;
• Folk music band “Ryna” of Molėtai Culture Center.
The concert “Grajyk, muzikėla!" will take place at Vilnius County Adomas Mickevičius Public Library. Available to see in two ways.
🎫 Attend an event with a pre-ticket; get a free ticket here: https://bit.ly/3ozVrxk.
🎥 Watch the live broadcast on the festival’s Facebook page.
 
 
Nakties muzika“Girių dvasios” and “Šalavija”. A synthesis of sutartinės and electronic music
“Girių dvasios” is the author of various electronic music projects, dub techno music creator Evaldas Azbukauskas, originally from Mažeikiai. Among the many sources of inspiration, Baltic culture also occupies an important place in his work. “Girių dvasios” has released a number of albums, in which electronic music compositions are combined with recordings of traditional music performers. According to the creator himself, some fall asleep quietly while listening to his music, others dance to dawn without running out of energy. During this special event, spectators will have the opportunity to hear live-sounding sutartinės intertwined with the sounds of electronic music of “Girių dvasios”.
The old Lithuanian polyphonic songs – sutartinės – will be performed by the group “Šalavija” from Vilnius. It is a group of four women – folklore lovers, three of whom have graduated or are still studying ethnomusicology. The founder of the group is also the creator of this project Eglė Kašėtienė. Other group members – Greta Andriuškaitė, Greta Gražulytė and Marija Garnak.
The singers are interested and strive to convey the most authentic specifics of sutartinės performance, vocal and dialectic subtleties. Avoiding large interpretations of vocal performance and seeking to give the listener the most authentic sound of old polyphonic songs, these performers show a unique approach to the connection between traditional music and contemporary music genres.
So far, this joint project has shown up in public only a few times: at the International Cultural Heritage Festival “Lauksnos” in Klaipėda (2019), in the yard of Klaipėda Ethnocultural Center (2020) and in the open creative space-gallery “Pokšt” in Utena (2020).
This year, “Šalavija” together with “Girių dvasios” are planning to release an album, which will commemorate the result of several years of friendship and joint creation.
The concert “Nakties muzika” will take place at St. Catherine's Church. Available to hear in three ways.
🎫 Attend an event with a pre-ticket; get a free ticket here: https://bit.ly/2S2MjVI.
🎥 Watch the live broadcast on the festival’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
🎞️ You can also see the event on the festival screen in the yard of Vilnius County Adomas Mickevičius Public Library; free tickets will be available later.
Archyvai 3“Archives Opens” is a series of events dedicated to the Year of Archives, which will take place during the International Folklore Festival “Skamba skamba kankliai”.
Lithuania has a rich history of folklore collecting, the material of which is stored in various archives. Representatives of folklore archives will help to “open” them up, will introduce their activities and the materials stored in the archives. What’s in there? How is folklore collected and preserved? Where to look for archival records? We invite you to listen to conversations and get to know the treasures of folklore!
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The collection of the Musical Folklore Archive of the Ethnomusicology Department of the Science Center of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater started in 1950, when folk singers were invited to record in the conservatory sound library. During the expeditions, the songs were originally recorded by listening, and from 1958 onwards – using portable tape recorders. The archive currently contains a large collection of photographs, videos and audio recordings.
During the event, the activities of the Musical Folklore Archive will be presented by Varsa Liutkutė-Zakarienė, Head of the Department of Ethnomusicology. The audio and video material stored in the archive will be shown, and the founders and patrons of the archive will be remembered.
The event will be available on festival’s Facebook page.
PiplytėsFestival cinema: “Gražuolės Piplytės”
“Gražuolės Piplytės” is a short film about the different destinies of four singing sisters, the twists and turns of life and the song that has always been around them. At the center of the film is the youngest sister, Genė, who has not escaped from exile, and the heartache she has experienced is difficult to put into words. According to the film director, sisters Piplytės are cheerful and strong women, therefore it would be a sin to speak about them only sadly. The director explains she wanted to reveal how songs help them fight the nostalgia of old age.
From an early age, the sisters were always living with the song, their closeness and communion in the song is reminiscent of a once so strong and vibrant singing tradition.
The screening of the film will take place in the yard of Vilnius County Adam Mickiewicz Public Library. It will be introduced by the film’s director Inesa Kurklietytė.
The film and its introduction will be available in two ways.
🎥 Watch the broadcast on your festival Facebook account.
🎞️ You can also see the event on the festival screen in the yard of Vilnius County Adomas Mickevičius Public Library; get a free ticket here: https://bit.ly/3wbU8ak.
Archyvai 2“Archives Opens” is a series of events dedicated to the Year of Archives, which will take place during the International Folklore Festival “Skamba skamba kankliai”.
Lithuania has a rich history of folklore collecting, the material of which is stored in various archives. Representatives of folklore archives will help to “open” them up, will introduce their activities and the materials stored in the archives. What’s in there? How is folklore collected and preserved? Where to look for archival records? We invite you to listen to conversations and get to know the treasures of folklore!
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The material has been stored in the Folk Art Archive of the Lithuanian National Cultural Center since 1960. It mainly contains the attributes of song and dance festivals and films. Intensive archiving began in 1992.
The Folk Art Archive takes care of the collection, management, preservation, dissemination of folklore, publishing of collections, audio and video recordings.
During the event, the folklore specialists of the Lithuanian National Culture Center Audronė Vakarinienė and Arūnas Lunys will present the activities of the Folk Art Archive.
The host of the event – Albinas Plėšnys.
The event will be available on festival’s Facebook page.
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