Liepos 3, 2019
Lithuanian art and culture in the UK, July 2019

With the summer season in full swing, this July we'll be introducing you to even more Lithuanian cultural happenings. From Glasgow to Vilnius, get ready to explore some of the most intriguing literature, music, cinema, and art events. Are you excited yet?

The launch of BRUT. Boredom. High-rises, emptiness and play. in Glasgow
Thursday 4 July, 18:00 - 21:00
Kinning Park Complex, Glasgow
A multi-fold project BRUT presents the launch of their recent publication BRUT. Boredom. High-rises, emptiness and play. The book is based on a conversation between architecture professor Edward Hollis, researcher Hussein Mitha, curator Anna Tüdős and Lithuanian artist Marija Nemčenko. This publication travels to the locations it draws inspiration from such as Kaunas (Marija Nemčenko) or Budapest (Anna Tüdős) and connects those cities to Glasgow. The publishers of BRUT are aiming to raise awareness, challenge the misrepresentations and create a dialogue about the social and political histories inscribed within the late modernist traditions of 20th century architecture. Revolving around common living, the launch of BRUT publication will celebrate the type of housing that has communities at its core. Book your place:

Anastasia Sosunova video work at the Self does not understand
Thursday 4 July, 19:00 - 20:45
Cubitt, 8 Angel Mews, London
A free film screening event Self does not understand organised curated by Erik Martinson presents a selection of readings and moving image work. Lithuanian artist's Anastasia Sosunova film Demikhov Dog will be presented amongst works by artists Stephanie Comilang, Jessa Mockridge, Lana Lin and Shanzhai Lyric. Self does not understand derives its title from a phrase spoken by the character Warlock in the 1980’s comic The New Mutants. Warlock is an alien with the power to meta-morph into any shape or form, though he has a difficult time understanding our world and needs to constantly learn about how humans communicate with each other. Info:

Mirga Gražinytė - Tyla conducting the CBSO at Cheltenham Festival
Saturday 6 July, 19:00 - 21:00
Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham GL50 1QA

Mirga Gražinytė - Tyla conducting the CBSO at Cheltenham Festival. Mirga Gražinytė - Tyla conducting the CBSO at Cheltenham Festival.

Mirga Gražinytė -Tyla and the CBSO return to Cheltenham festival for the second symphonic concert of the weekend. This bespoke all-British programme is based around a World Premiere from the first female composer to be commissioned by the Festival in 1956, Thea Musgrave. Her Trumpet Concerto has been co-commissioned by Alison Balsom. Programme: Ruth Gipps - Symphony No. 2; Thea Musgrave - Trumpet Concerto (World Premiere); Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; Walton - Troilus and Cressida Suite. Book your place:

Centrala Gallery to celebrate 30 years after the Baltic Chain with artists Simona Zemaityte and Marija Nemčenko
Wednesday 10 July, 18:00 - 21:00
Unit 4, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street,  Birmingham

In August 1989, approximately two million people across Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia joined hands over more than 400 miles, in a peaceful fight for independence that became known as the Baltic Chain. Today, hundreds of thousands of people from the three countries have made their homes in Britain. Hosted by Centrala, 30 years after the Baltic Chain will present British-based Lithuanian contemporary artists' Simona Žemaityte and Marija Nemčenko art dealing with questions of identity, memory, and migration, alongside first-hand testimonies and histories of the Baltic Way. Info:

Signature Entertainment presents DVD and Digital release of Ashes in the Snow
Monday July 15th

Signature Entertainment presents DVD and Digital release of the film Ashes in the Snow, directed by Marius A. Markevicius (creator of The Other Dream Team documentary). Digital platforms will include Amazon UK, Sky and iTunes. The film is based on New York Times Best Seller Between Shades of Gray written by Lithuanian-American writer Ruta Sepetys. The film has premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was shown in the Genesis Cinema in London this February. Starring Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), James Cosmo (Game of Thrones) and Sophie Cookson (Kingsman), Ashes in the Snow is a beautifully executed war thriller that unveils forgotten experiences of the Soviet labour camps. Info:

Mezzo-soprano Justina Gringyte at the Dance for the Sea
Thursday 18 July, 19:30 - 21:30
Susie Sainsbury Theatre, the Royal Academy of Music, London

Dance for the Sea. Dance for the Sea.

Latin American dance star Fernando Montano joined by his close friend Lithuanian mezzo-soprano Justina Gringyte will present Dance for the Sea - a unique night of dance, opera, song and classical music. The performance project is aimed to grow awareness of the problems caused by plastic in the ocean and raise funds for the Marine Conservation Society charity. Justina Gringyte has just finished playing the lead role in the Welsh National Opera’s UK tour of Roberto Devereux and later in the year will once again play Carmen in the ENO’s production at the London Coliseum. Book your place:

Asmik Grigorian opens the BBC Proms season 2019
Friday 19 July, 19:30 - 21:45
Royal Albert Hall, London

Asmik Grigorian. Asmik Grigorian.

Lithuanian operatic soprano Asmik Grigorian will be opening the first night of the Proms with a spectacular programme, alongside remarkable BBC Symphony musicians conducted by Karina Canellakis. Programme: Zosha Di Castri - Long Is the Journey – Short Is the Memory (world premiere); Dvořák - The Golden Spinning Wheel; Janáček - Glagolitic Mass. Book your place:

Exhibition MORE MORE MORE MORPH! at Chalton Gallery curated by Milda Batakyte
Opening: 19 July 2019, 18:00 - 21:00
19 July - 27 July
Chalton Gallery, London
In a world submerged in the flow of data and its consumption, what happens when our capacity for absorbing information reaches saturation point? Lithuanian curator Milda Batakyte will present a group exhibition MORE MORE MORE MORPH!. Works by Valerie Kong, Maria de la O Garrido, Sebastian Sochan and Liam Tickner will explore if there is anything we can learn from a closer, more direct, sensory experience with the material world, and ask how do we make sense of our place within it? The exhibition attempts a new understanding of our times through experiential knowledge, which involves looking, listening, feeling, sniffing, and tasting. Info:

Kaunas Biennial presents a talk by Galerie Uberall Directors in London
Thursday 25 July, 19:00 - 21:00
Emalin, Bethnal Green Rd., London E1 6JU
Hosted by Emalin, 12th Kaunas Biennial: After Leaving | Before Arriving presents a talk with Galerie Uberall directors, leading businessmen and art dealers as part of its public programme. The biennial curator Elisabeth Del Prete will give an introduction and co-creator of Galerie Uberall Andrej Polukord will raise a series of questions about the processes involved in the biennial. Inviting feedback from London audiences, they will attempt to answer the most intriguing question: what exactly does After Leaving | Before Arriving mean?Project partners: Lithuanian Culture Institute, Lithuanian Embassy in the UK, the Austrian Culture Forum. Info:

Exhibition From.Between.To by Indrė Šerpytytė at Galerija Vartai
Thursday 6 June - Friday 26 July
Vartai Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania

If you find yourself in Vilnius this July, come to see London-based Lithuanian artist Indrė Šerpytytė's exhibition From.Between.To in Galerija Vartai. The exhibition employs ceremonial sashes specific to the Baltic region, overlapping and layering them across canvas stretchers. Using traditional materials, Šerpetytė's works trace how the region’s communities intersect; motifs from one country are legible in another and reveal a call and response between nations that share a narrative of conflict. Info:

Life story and recordings of Lithuanian piano legend Sulamita Aronovsky
BBC Radio 3 episode 'Passing the music on' explores the story of Lithuanian pianist and professor Sulamita Aronovsky. Sulamita was born in Kaunas and left to pursue her musical career to Moscow Conservatoire. Afterwards she came to teach in Royal Academy of Music in London and became the founder of the International London Piano competition. Sulamita and Sara discuss the recent recovery of recordings the performer made for Lithuanian Radio 60 years ago and her plans to reinvigorate the London competition in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Music. Listen now:

Exhibition Jonas Mekas: let me dream utopias
Friday 21 June - Sunday 21 July
Rupert, Vaidilutės street 79, Vilnius, Lithuania

The exhibition Jonas Mekas: let me dream utopias includes a number of Mekas’ previously unpublished poems taken from over 60 years of his life, and incorporates his films, as well as sound pieces selected by the artist. For five weeks the exhibition space Rupert in Vilnius will act as a host for discussions, performances, screenings, readings and public and educational programmes. These activities and the exhibition’s architecture will explore notions of poetic freedom, nostalgia and the idyll in the artist’s work. Info:

Andrius Gaučas at the Shakespeare's Globe theatre

We are proud to spread the news about actor Andrius Gaučas joining the Shakespeare's Globe theatre! The first Lithuanian actor to be working on the Globe's stage will be playing Olivia in Twelfth Night, Antiochus and Pander in Pericles and Antipholus of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors. Gaučas' credits include productions like Fen, People Places and Things, Cymbeline and Spain. Prior to this, he starred in Hamlet and a number of productions at the National Kaunas Drama Theatre in Lithuania. Book your place:

Friday June 7 - Sunday 29 September 2019
Plento street 1 d, Kaunas, Lithuania
This summer Kaunas city is hosting its twelfth biennial AFTER LEAVING | BEFORE ARRIVING. The exhibition explores the journey as a metaphor in the context of the burgeoning cultural identity of a city with a complex past. Now, looking forward to its tenure as European Capital of Culture in 2022, Kaunas seeks to carve out a unified path to the future on its own terms, mythologizing its troubled past in order to write new narratives for the present. Curators: Elisabeth Del Prete, Daniel Milnes, Lýdia Pribišová, Neringa Stoškutė, Alessandra Troncone. Consulting curator: Lewis Biggs. Book your place:

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