VšĮ „Klaipėdos šventės“, Turgaus g. 22–8, Klaipėda
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KLAIPEDA FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Right after saying good-bye to winter celebrations, the city is meeting the “Festival of Lights” in mid-February. The project is only three years old but has been recognised as the most popular event of the winter season for good reason. With the slogan “The brightest event of the city!” the festival clears dusk and winter boredom away and brings thousands of citizens and guests of the city back on the streets of Klaipeda’s Old Town, which are transformed by means of unexpected solutions, colours and shapes.

  • Author of the Festival – Public Establishment “Klaipėdos šventės”;
  • The first festival was held in 2015;
  • One year later, in spring of 2016, “THE CULTURAL FIELD STUDY – cultural events, festivals, celebrations of the city: popularity and their quality assessment” was carried out by request of Klaipėda City Municipality. The study has shown that the KLAIPĖDA FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS is the most popular event of the cold season in the Western Lithuania and the fourth most popular event of the year;
  • The festival annually presents a couple of dozens of unique projects, lighting installations. Most of the projects are aimed to be specially designed or adapted for Klaipėda;
  • Every year, the festival is visited by tens of thousands of residents and guests of Klaipėda;
  • The festival offers night tours with the major festival projects, exclusive spaces, undergrounds of Klaipėda. In 2017, over 2,000 festival guests from different corners of Lithuania took part in charged tours.

In 2015, the Public Establishment “Klaipėdos šventės” held the first festival of lights in Klaipėda and the Western region so as to introduce contemporary art and media expressions to townspeople and guests of Klaipėda, to present one of the key dates of the history of Lithuania and Klaipėda in a new and original manner, to illuminate the architecture and highlight the history of the seaport in an attractive way, as well as to reduce the seasonal gaps in some measure.

KLAIPĖDA FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS  2018

KLAIPĖDA FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS  2017

Festival opening

Festival Project

Families Space

The Parade of Four-footed

KLAIPĖDA FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2016

KLAIPĖDA FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS  2015

First Weekend of the Festival

The Second  Weekend of the Festival

KLAIPĖDA FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2018

KLAIPĖDA FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2017

KLAIPĖDA FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2016

KLAIPĖDA FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2015

KLAIPĖDA FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
15–17 FEBRUARY / 18.00–23.00

1. LIGHT & MUSIC SHOW “THE GATE OF CENTURIES“
Turgaus St. (section from the Theatre Square to the crossing of Turgaus ir Tiltų streeets)

Visiting Klaipėda Festival of Lights means visiting Italy, charming, vivid, and unforgettable Italy. The Focus of the Festival – Turgaus Street – presents an impressive, big project of the Italian group of artists Marianolight: “The Gate of Centuries”.

Colourful and elegant lights of the project reflect traditions of Southern Europe and the spirit of the century. This spectacular synthesis of lights and music will amuse visitors of the festival one day longer than other projects of the festival, until the 18th of February. Four evenings running, visitors will see seven different light & music shows, including a special show dedicated to the Centennial of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania. The tunnel of “The Gate of Centuries” is 200 meters long. This magical tunnel is made up of wooden arcs, fourteen of them are Italian heritage. In the past, they used to decorate city festivities, however, were modernised a decade ago. Through the state-of-art technology, the project will reveal secrets of an ancient art and contemporary light architecture, accompanied by specially composed music.

The artists have travelled with their projects around the world and created a scenic design for presentation of the luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana’s collection. Marianolight is one of the historical Italian companies, whose traditions are kept alive by the Mariano family itself since the very foundation in 1898. Marianolight was recognised by the Italian Chamber of Commerce for its contribution to the fostering of Italian culture and preservation of traditions.
Project initiator – Italian group of artists “Marianolight” (Italy)

2. LIGHT INSTALLATION “SYMBOLS OF THE STATE OF LITHUANIA”
Tower of State Music Theatre
The tower of the Klaipėda State Music Theatre will light up with the colours of the Lithuanian flag to recall the historical fact that the tricolour flag began to flutter here on 20 October 1988. 
3. LIGHT INSTALLATION “CENTURY-OLD TIME ZONE”
Square by the Danė embankment
The installation of luminous columns will tell the history of Klaipėda in the light of the century. Four cubes – four historical periods: Independence (1918/23 – 1939), War (1939-1945), Soviet period (1945-1990), and Independence (1990-2018).
Project initiator – Jurgis Malinauskas
 4. „THEY WERE HERE“
Danė Square at the Monument to United Lithuania “Arka”
„They were here“ installation brings the former inhabitants of the historic city back to life. According to the artist, people never really disappear without a trace – they stay as long as their image remins in our memory.

Project creator – Alexander Reichstein (Suomija/ Finland)
PROJECT IS REPRESENTED BY UAB „GATVIŲ APŠVIETIMAS“
5. INTERACTIVE VIDEO PROJECTION “100 TO LITHUANIA”
Square by the sailboat “Meridianas”
An interactive video projection-game, inspired by the century’s colours, invites big and small visitors to become designers, to play and move. Discover the intangible, recall or learn about the legendary Tetris game.

Project initiator – „Gluk Media“
The Project represented by „Silberauto“, official Mercedes-Benz representative in Lithuania
6. SITTING IN COLOUR
Square by the sailboat “Meridianas”
Sitting down on a regular bench in the winter is a bold move; sitting down on a coloured bench is fun. If you have hot tea with you – enjoy it here.

Project initiator – UAB “Gatvių apšvietimas”
7. STARRY SKY
Arts and Crafts Courtyard
Several times a year, during various festivities of the city, the sky of Klaipėda is starred up with thousands of bright lights, which transform spaces, inspire and enliven even the darkest park. Come here to dream!

Project initiator – PE “Klaipėdos šventės”
8. MERRY-GO-ROUND OF CHILDHOOD
Dienovidis Square (crossing of Pasiuntinių and Tomo streets)
Take a ride on the merry-go-round which carries back to childhood… Your little ones will love it. Maybe, you too?
 9. LIGHT INSTALLATION “MATRIX”Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre (KCCC)Interactive light & sound installation – in search of colour-sound relationship. The 1st floor lobby of the KCCC is going to be a play of lights. A constantly changing dynamic plane of colours will respond to the sound system that will be controlled by you, guests of the Festival. Come in!
Project initiator – Marius Ščerbinskas
10. LIGHT INSTALLATION “INFINITY”
Chess Square, Kurpių St.
As early as in school, we learned to write the infinity symbol; later, infinity came into our vocabulary, we discovered infinity in space, we found infinity in everyday life, even in kindergarten. You will like the “Infinity” of the Festival very much, or maybe, infinitely.
Project initiator – Vėjas Aliukas

THE PROJECT PRESENTED BY UAB “KRATC”
11. INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION “A CAT”. THE PROJECT PRESENTED BY “ARGUS” SECURUTY SERVICE
Old Town, Kalvių St.
The Old Town’s legendary cat with a gentleman’s face will tell his story in a new way. The cat keeps pace with advanced technology, so, don’t forget to take your smart device with you, with a QR code reader installed.

Project initiator – “Argus” security service

12. ENTERTAINMENT ZONE
Theatre Square
In the heart of the city, on the Theatre Square, we have scattered a collection of luminous items. You may not take it home, but you are welcome to collect the moments. Herein, you may also treat yourself to a variety of dainties in celebration of the “Festivals of Lights” and the Centennial of Lithuania’s Restoration, and, above all – the biggest and most stylish inscription LITHUANIA!

Project initiator – Karolis Pronckus

13. LIGHT & VIDEO INSTALLATION “CARNIVAL MASK”
Square by the sculpture “Neringa” (Kūlių vartų St.)
Carnivals are bright and amusing. The centre of the installation is a carnival mask, which, with the lights and visual aids, is inviting us to learn the emotions of different carnivals of the world.

Project initiator – Janis Petersons and SIA “Artistic” (Latvia)
THE PROJECT PRESENTED BY UAB “STEMMA GROUP”

14. LIGHT INSTALLATION “MEETING THE SHIPS”
Cruise Ship Terminal
Historically, lights are a beacon for ships. The glowing composition changes the color each day.

15. LIGHT INSTALLATION “SHIPS TRAIN”
Building at Kanto St. 7
This year, the Lithuanian Maritime Academy, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary, will surprise all the visitors. A real port of major ships and small boats will light up here.

Project initiator – Lithuanian Maritime Academy

 

16. LIGHT INSTALLATIONS “THE YARD OF Balsys’ LIGHTS”
Klaipėda Park by the Eduardas Balsys Gymnasium, Statybininkų Ave.
The long-term partners of the festival present a collection of luminous objects that will be scattered around the park near the gymnasium and create a shining zone in the southern part of the city.

Project initiator – Teachers and pupils of Eduardas Balsys Gymnasium of Arts of Klaipeda

17. EXHIBITION OF OLD LITHUANIAN BANKNOTES TO CELEBRATE THE CENTENNIAL OF LITHUANIA
14–18 February, 17.00–23.00
Event Hall, Žvejų St. 4
On the 100th anniversary of the restoration of Lithuania, we are celebrating not a single date but a century-old history of success, which we all have contributed to. At the exhibition, you will see all the banknotes of Lithuania since 1991, including food stamps, defective banknotes, 100, 500 and 1000 Litas, almost never-before-seen and have been in circulation, as well as banknotes of the Bank of Lithuania Šiauliai Branch of 1991, the Centaurus and Litaurus, which circulated in all events held by the National Olympic Committee of Lithuania in the period of 27 July – 4 August 1991. What is more, ultraviolet lighting at the exhibition will allow you to see banknote security features. Throughout the exposition, visitors will be welcomed to a warm corner to have hot coffee or tea.

Project initiator – Jevgenij Sokolov

18. THE ALLEY OF UMBRELLAS
Kristijonas Donelaitis Square
Light installations and umbrellas that symbolise the Lithuanian tricolour invite residents and guests of the city to take a new look at the well-known square. Youth of Klaipeda actively contributes to the “Festivals of Lights” with their ideas and invites everyone to celebrate the Centennial of the Restoration of Lithuania’s State.

Project initiator – Association of Klaipėda Youth Organisations “Apskritasis stalas” (“The Round Table”)

 

 19. LIGHT INSTALLATION “BERMUDA TRIANGLE”
Southern part of the city, crossing of Vingio and Smiltelės streets
The Bermuda Triangle “swallows” ships and airplanes. However, the Bermuda Triangle of the “Festival of Lights” is not frightful, though, mysterious. Have you ever been to? In the middle of the yard of three multi-storey blocks, there are mirror lights installed. Enter Smiltelės St. 5 or Vingio St. 21 in your navigation system. Our Bermuda Triangle has its address.

Project initiator – Janis Petersons and SIA “Artistic” (Latvia)
PROJECT IS PRESENTED BY AB „ENERGIJOS SKIRSTYMO OPERATORIUS“ (ESO)

20. “WALKING AROUND JERUSALEM”
Former St. John’s Church square (Turgaus St. 21)
This special project by Aida Raimonda Pečeliūnienė, the puppet show “Walking around Jerusalem in Wait for a Miracle…”, is going to be a unique journey through time, a jump over 2000 years back, and an opportunity to see a birth of the biggest baby in the history of mankind.

Project initiator – PE “Klaipėdos šventės” and Aida Raimonda Pečeliūnienė

21. COLOR NIGHT 
18.00–20.00 LCC Art Gallery, DeFehr Building, Kretingos g. 36
An artist Jonas Preisaitis, who lived for a long time in Chicago, invites you to an exhibition of his works. After returning to Lithuania at the age of 25, he began his studies at LCC International University. Self-learning artist uses acrylic paints – first, the artist paints a part of the image and takes a mosaic of duplicate colors and patterns with the help of a computer. The artist excels in his interest in bright colors and abstract paintings. According to the author, it is difficult to make a mistake in the art because it is always possible to apply a new color to the top, and it takes time and patience for it.
The author of the exhibition is Jonas Preisaitis

22. SHINING COFFEE HOUSES
With illuminated showcases and interiors. Presented by: “Max Coffee”, “Kavos architektai”, “Anikės kavinė”.
Project initiator – PE “Klaipėdos šventės” in cooperation with Klaipeda Entrepreneurs Old Town Union and other entrepreneurs

 

TEMPORARY PROJECTS

15 FEBRUARY (THURSDAY)

23. 100 STEPS TOWARDS THE CENTENNIAL
Turgaus St. 21
19.00–22.00 Students of the Lithuania Business University of Applied Sciences invites to a therapeutic students’ tour “100 steps towards the CENTENNIAL”.

Project organisers – Lithuania Business University of Applied Sciences
24. PERFORMANCE “THE FATHER AND THE SEA”
18.00 and 19.00. Klaipėda Puppet Theatre
This is a story about the father and his world, created through sensations, lights, shadows, reflections, and music. What is your dad’s place in the family?

Tickets  www.tiketa.lt and at the box office of Klaipėda Puppet Theatre
Project initiator – Klaipėdos lėlių teatras

FEBRUARY 15–16

25. LIGHT INSTALLATION “CENTENNIAL LIGHTHOUSE”
19.00–22.00 Building at Karklų St. 2/ Kalvos St. 8
Transformation of the dormitory of the Lithuanian Maritime Academy into a symbolic lighthouse in tribute to the sea, the maritime spirit, the century, and Klaipėda.
Project initiator – Lithuanian Maritime Academy

 

FEBRUARY 16 (FRIDAY)

26. BURNING COLOURS TO CELEBRATE THE CENTENNIAL OF LITHUANIA
Karlskrona Square, lighting up at 18.00
The star of goodness for Lithuania is a contribution to the “Klaipėda Festival of Lights” and to the Centennial of Lithuania by the Order of Malta. The initiative of good will is a call to take care of Lithuanian citizens with disabilities. During the event, we welcome you to light a candle, to write down a prayer or a will on special leaflets and to donate for a trip for people with disabilities to the place of Virgin Mary’s appearance and miraculous healings at Lourdes (France), which celebrates the 160th anniversary this year. The leaflets with your prayers and wills will be taken to Lourdes and burnt during the Lithuanian Mass on the Mother’s Day.
Project initiator Relief Organisation of the Order of Malta and PE “Klaipėdos šventės”

27. WHIRRS OF THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
21.00–00.00 “Raketa” Club, Bangų St. 5A
Whirrs of the “Festival of Lights” – special music & light programme in the social club “Raketa”.

Project initiator – PE “Neringa FM”

17 FEBRUARY (SATURDAY)

28. BE ALWAYS SAFE! REFLECTOR SHARING INITIATIVE
18.00–20.00. Old Town, Square by the sailboat “Meridianas”
During the event, residents will receive free reflectors, learn about the benefits and necessity of reflectors.

Project initiator – Klaipėda County Chief Police Commissariat

 

29. SHINING PET PARADE “FRIENDSHIP MOVE”
20.00. Start at the Theatre Square
Let’s celebrate the Festival of Lights with a shining pet parade! All pet lovers are welcomed to the traditional night parade, during which the illuminated four-footed will march from the sculpture of Taravos Anikė (Theatre Square) towards the Old Town’s guard. Pets’ masters are free to decorate them with shining ribbons, lights, to actively participate and create a festive mood. This time, the K-9 police and four-footed officials of the Klaipėda County Police Commissariat will lead the parade. Registration at www.sviesufestivalis.lt The number will be assigned to your pet half an hour before the event (Theatre Square). A year ago, over 200 masters and their pets took part in the march. The highlight of the night – election of the King and the Queen.

Project initiators – PE “Klaipėdos šventės” and Karolis Pronckus

 

30. PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST “TAKING PICTURES OF THE KLAIPĖDA FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS”
All residents and guests of the city are free to send photos. Authors of the most impressive photos will be awarded with special prizes.

Project initiator – PE “Klaipėdos šventės”

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