Lauksnos International Intangible Cultural Heritage Festival is the first event of its kind in Lithuania, representing traditional cultural elements protected by UNESCO: traditional oral, musical culture and folk art masterpieces of nations. Lauksnos Festival has been granted the patronage of the Lithuanian National Commission for UNESCO.
In the year of Klaipėda being the Lithuanian capital of culture, we give Lauksnos (Prussian for lights, stars) International Intangible Cultural Heritage Festival of exclusive content to city residents and visitors. The festival will present only oral traditions, forms of expression, traditional crafts of intangible cultural heritage protected by UNESCO, and will directly and indirectly focus on relevant cultural heritage protection problems and possibilities. The audience will be introduced to a wide range of protected and protectable traditional cultural elements from the unique Lithuanian, Latvian, Seto, Macedonian, Georgian forms of polyphony to the Spanish flamenco, vibrant Croatian music playing or Bulgarian Bistritsa ritual singing and dancing or the impressive masquerade ritual. Events of the four-day festival programme, taking place on 13-16 July 2017, will be held at Klaipėda Drama Theatre, in Theatre Square, Clock Museum yard, Centre of Ethnic Culture and other spaces of the city. In addition to traditional concert forms, festival guests will be able to enjoy demonstration of traditional arts and crafts, film screenings, and exhibitions, as well as to participate in open discussions.
Festival organiser: Klaipėda City Municipality Centre of Ethnic Culture
Partners: Klaipėda City Municipality, Lithuanian Council for Culture, Lithuanian Ministry of Culture
Patronage by Lithuanian National Commission for UNESCO