The public institution “Kintai Arts” was re-organized from the personal company “Brige” of Audra Juodeskiene, which started its activities in 1992.
The impetus for reorganization was evoked by the activity started in 2009 during the implementation of the project “Establishment of the Centre of Sports, Crafts and Active Leisure in Kintai Town” together with the founder’s son Laurynas Juodeska, whose idea to harness the wind in the Curonian Lagoon has evolved into the Kintai Kites Club, and a touch of the ethnographic history has become the creation and production of whether vanes recognized by heritage conservationists. The strength of Audra Juodeskienė, as the founder of the public institution “Kintai Arts”, bases on the extensive organizational experience in the field of international organizations, the love to her land and partiality to art and music.
The activities started from close cooperation with the Kintai Vydunas Cultural Centre, inviting Kintai residents to the performances ofthe Barn Theatre in the Old Kiminiai Homestead. This included “Lithuanian’ wedding”, the tours of barn theatres from Rusne, Sakiai, Aglonenai. Together with the community of the town, we celebrated calendar and religious holidays – Advent concerts, Autumn Equinox, Harvest Festivals held in both the Old Kiminiai Homestead and the Evangelic Lutheran Churches. In close cooperation with the Lutheran-Evangelical community and the Kintai Vydunas Cultural Centre and after the communication with NIKO (New Ideas Chamber Orchestra) and its leader composer Gediminas Gelgotas, an idea emerged to turn the Kintai Music Week of 2012 to the Kintai Music Festival “A Storm in the Lagoon”, who has successfully existedalready for the fourth season. The festival has grown thanks to the people surrounding it. The gift received in 2013 – a grand piano, personally granted to the Festival by the physician Dalia Peciukaitiene and her family from Vilnius – obliged not to give up organizing so desirable festival of professional music in the region, situated very distantly from the centre. Last year the festival became international and was recognized by the Administration of Silute District as an event representing the district and as a strategic cultural event.
In 2015, the Kintai Music Festival has become known in Europe as well: it has become a member of the international organization under the European Parliament “Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe” (EFFE), initiated by the European Festivals Association (EFA)!
The activity of the Kintai Music Festival was assessed by an international jury and recognized as representing a high level of artistic quality and having significant influence on the local, national and international levels. From now on, information about the Kintai Music Festival will be easier reached by international audience, artists, arts organizations, sponsors and private companies as well as media representatives. See more information on http: //www.effe.eu .
The public institution “Kintai Arts” implements other international projects as well. This includes close cooperation with JTBA and a number of several international youth exchanges in Kintai. In 2013, the project WOW (Walk on the Water) – introducedthe youth of 5 European countries with the opportunities associated with water sports and entertainment. In 2014, a project was implemented aimed to present the history of production of whether wanes and the heritage of the country for the youth of 5 European countries.
This year, the Cultural Council of the Republic of Lithuania supports several projects: the continuous project “Restoration of the Lagoon’s wooden sailing boat “Venteris”, “Vetrunge Road to the Lagoon”, and the Kintai Music Festival “A Storm in the Lagoon”.
The organization also participated in the EE Norwegian Support Fund contest and has won funding for the project, “Past and future in a dialogue between Lithuania and Iceland” for 2015-2016.