Weathercock plein-airs in Kintai
Besides other activities, public institution Kintai Arts also engages in manufacturing souvenir and natural-sized wooden Kurenkahn weathercocks. This activity is stimulated by desire to preserve cultural heritage and to expand its awareness in the region and throughout the country.
In 2011, „3K Grupė“ (leaded by Laurynas Juodeška in Kintai) was awarded with the national heritage certificate for the production of windcocks, and in 2013, the result of co-operation between both companies was the successful implementation the first plein-air for the restoration of the ancient weathercocks which are the heritage of Lithuania Minor. As a result, there has been installed an open-air exposition in Kintai town – an alley with 10 unique weathercocks. This exposition is included in the attractions of Pomerania and has become a part of the project Road of a Weathercock in Šilutė.
In 2014, we participated in Traditional International Folklore Festival “Parbėg laivelis” in Klaipėda. There, we presented the traditions of the weathercock manufacturing and involved people in the process. The weathercock made at the event is currently exhibited at the Klaipėda Ethnocultural Center.
In 2014, there was celebrated the 170th anniversary since Klaipėda burmese Ernest Wilhelm Berbom signed the order to flag the weathercocks on certain vessels capable of fishing in the Curonian Lagoon. In order to return this significant and unique sign of the region identity, 2014 in Klaipėda was proclaimed the Year of the Weathercocks. In the representative location of the port city—in the Northern Horn—there was set up the Alley of Weathercocks. A total of 10 weathercocks were made by the craftsmen Laurynas Juodeška and Vaidotas Bliūdžius.
Manufacturing the weathercocks in the festival „Parbėg laivelis“ in Klaipėda
In September 2014, we organized a youth exchange project “Catching Winds”, during which participants from Poland, Estonia and Lithuania had the opportunity to experience regional pleasures and traditions: young people were experimenting with kiteboarding, sailing, and the main focus was on the weathercocks education. The participants were introduced to the origins, history and manufacturing principles of the weathercocks. All of this knowledge was used to create international weathercocks, which encoded the elements of each country or the participant.
In 2014, we carried out the project “Educational Program of the Development of Ethnic Culture of Lithuania Minor: Restoration of the Curonian Lagoon flat-bottommed boat”, supported by the Cultural Support Fund. The construction process involved the inhabitants of the local region, especially the young people, thus spreading and preserving the basics of traditional crafts.
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