IN 2018, THE FOLLOWING ENENTS WILL INVITE YOU TO KLAIPĖDA
15–17 February, Klaipėda Festival of Lights
11 March, Exceptional Music and Idea Project “Waiting Ticket”
19 May, Klaipėda Ship Parade
27-29 July, Sea Festival and Baltic Sail
22 August, Lighthouse Rally
12-15 September, International Festival of Contemporary Arts “PLARTFORMA”
November, Science and Art Festival “RESTART”
1 December, Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
KLAIPĖDA SHIP PARADE / 19 May 2018
Summer is knocking on the door of Klaipėda in the name of the “Ship Parade” for the eighth time now. The mid-May event, dedicated to the European Maritime Day, has become one of the most social events in the city for bringing together more and more various initiatives and ideas each year. The events, organized by PE “Klaipėdos šventės“ in 2017, including the “Ship Parade”, have been outstanding not only for the excellent weather, but the plenty of visitors, too – as if the sea itself would have spread its waves throughout the city. This time, the “Ship Parade” competitive programme began in the daytime. It was the first Danė river parade, where half a dozen water-craft, including rowboats, kayaks, barks, canoes, took a new challenge. Nevertheless, the most desired part of “Ship Parade”, like the very first time, began at sunset, whereby marine tugs started their dance on the Curonian Lagoon, the water was lit up by brightly illuminated boats, and the sky was painted with vivid fireworks. The sea and its people have always and will inspire us. See you for the ninth time on 19 May 2018.
THE SEA FESTIVAL / 27-29 July 2018
The Sea Festival has been a synonym of top-class events, festive mood, and, of course, holidays and vacation. The biggest summer fiesta in Lithuania is the venue for meeting friends, discoveries, and inspirations. On 27-29 July 2018, the Klaipėda Sea Festival will attract thousands of people who are not indifferent to the sea and marine traditions for the 59th time now. This year, the Sea Festival will surprise with unexpectedly altered spaces of the Old Town and their interpretations. The cosy Old Town welcomes you to: CINEMA SQUARE, SQUARE OF TASTES, TOURISM ZONE, SHOW OF DANCING FOUNTAINS ON JONAS’ HILL, PLATFORM OF THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE, and, of course, the amazingly transformed MAGIC THEATRE SQUARE. This year, tall sailboats, flying the flag of BALTIC SAIL, are returning to Klaipėda during the Sea Festival.
The Sea Festival is a big explosion of creative energy, which happens in Klaipeda in July of each year. It is a certain peak of the summer, after which everything gradually calms down, slows down, moves towards autumn… The Sea Festival shakes the city up, lures people out of their homes, out of everyday routine to break them free of all restraints, so that they may enjoy and release their dreams into the sky.
International Festival of Arts PLArTFORMA / 12-15 September 2018
The only interdisciplinary festival held in Klaipėda and in the West Lithuania, the main mission of which is to present a contemporary artistic expression of different countries and the joint creative happening. Representatives of modern dance and performance, a new circus and experimental theatre, new opera and multimedia projects, their groups are invited to participate in the festival. The title of the festival encodes two words: “platform” – the port’s commonly used means, and “art” – a reference to the international nature of the festival. This synthesis emphasises the uniqueness of the festival, its disposition for former territories of the port, various deck hangars and open spaces, thereby attracting the attention of artists and audience to creative ways of utilising unusual spaces. In 2013, the festival was named the best cultural event of the city; in 2015, it was awarded with label of European Festival Association „Europe for Festivals / Festivals for Europe“.
LIGHTHOUSE RALLY/ 22 September 2018
The “Lighthouse Rally” brings curious, energetic, venturesome spectators and admirers of the beauty of Lithuania in late September. Every year, the event invites families and friends, colleagues and associates to start a new and meaningful tour across Western Lithuania.
Participants traditionally start the rally at the oldest lighthouse in Lithuania – Klaipėda Lighthouse. A few minutes before the start, rally participants receive a reference road book with new and amusing tasks, which are possible to solve in the process of performance only – the Internet would not help.
Each time, a route of the “Lighthouse Rally” includes new cities and towns, places, important aspects of Lithuania’s history, personalities and monuments. Crews have to accomplish dozens of assignments, find encoded objects, and answer questions raised by the event organizers. At the finish, all participants of the “Lighthouse Rally” are traditionally welcome to food and drinks, educational activities, sporting events and awards.
The rally participants are informed about the finish place at the start only. A musical programme, creative workshops, sporting events, refreshments invite all the finishers. Results are scored and teams are awarded.
Art & Science Festival “RESTART” / November 2018
The annual RESTART Art & Science Festival is aimed to promote synergistic cooperation between educational institutions and the local community, provides residents of the city with a closer look at university activities, innovations in the field of education, while universities have an opportunity to expand boundaries of public spaces of the city for their practices. The festival aims to bring together academic community of the city, scientific and cultural establishments and organisations, art, municipal, business, and tourism representatives and the general public. The high spot of the festival is getting familiar with maritime culture, introduction to the cultural and scientific space of Klaipėda and the Western region. he festival is expected not only to have a positively influence on the image of Klaipėda as an academic city, but also to enhance a closer cooperation between Klaipėda University and the local community; The festival will offer a new format for Klaipėda city – a combination of science and art; The educational nature of the event is supposed to encourage children and young people to get involved in learning and creative activities more actively. The festival programme consists of various lectures held by scholars and artists, discussions, creative workshops, exhibitions, tours, book presentations, installations and theatrical performances. The festival is focused on schoolchildren of all ages, students and the professional audience, families and the broader community of the city.
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY / 1 December 2018
Traditionally, the main symbol of winter festivities, the Christmas tree, is lit up on the first Saturday of December in the centre of the city – Theatre Square. Every time, the organisers of the celebration bring together and surprise thousands of residents and guests of the city with this unique ceremony of lighting the Christmas tree, and in recent years – two Christmas trees, on the Theatre and the Revival squares, to the accompaniment of sounds of music, the Santa Claus’s visit and the dazzling fireworks. Those unable to arrive at the Theatre Square, may watch live broadcasting of the Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Klaipėda and Lithuanian web portals. Throughout the festive season, the Christmas Fair allure you with flavorous gingerbread, hot juices and handmade Christmas souvenirs; social and cosy Advent events take place.