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!
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.
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.
The festival brought us many joyful emotions and impressions! Thanks for the possibility to see and participate in the festival concerts! It was a great honor fo us!
It's beautiful, a true folk festival for all fans of traditional folk culture. We have had great pleasure singing and listening to other participants. Your understanding of the value of the presentation of traditional culture (songs, dances) - deserves a very high rating. Your collective attitude toward folk culture and the festival is an example for other folk festivals in post-Soviet countries.
We wish many years of life for your festival.
It was worth it! We are looking forward to next year‘s festival and hope we will have a possibility to enjoy it again.