KINTAI MUSIC FESTIVAL
12 JULY – 9 AUGUST
Dear guests of Kintai Music Festival,
There always is a feeling of a pleasant excitement while waiting for the festival’s opening day because of the difficulty to believe that seven years ago, no one even dreamed that the arrival of the friendly ensemble NICO (New Ideas Chamber Orchestra) with its leader Gediminas Gelgotas to Kintai will start Kintai Music Festival.
The six years of the festival brought a lot of knowledge, participation in international forums (Nordic Baltic Festival Platform, Lithuanian Festival Alliance). We have become members of the National Creative and Cultural Industries Association in Lithuania, while internationally we have got the memberships of EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) and the international association of artistic residences ResArtis.
Public institution „Kintai Arts“ that organizes the festival, has grown, and gained the confidence of Šilutė Municipality not only for the organization of the strategic event—Kintai Music Festival—but also for running artistic residencies and making an obvious cultural impact on the region. Having become the hosts of a great former school building in Kintai, now it is important to diversify the activities further so that they complement each other. Three main directions have crystallized: the festival, the artistic residency, and the cultural heritage projects that complement each other.
Having evaluated the results of the survey of Kintai Music Festival 2017, we found that people wish a more diverse range of music – from the old baroque music to jazz. Due to many factors, we formed the Art Council, which includes the curators of the artistic residency, to discuss and collaborate with each other, and to make the activities in Kintai interact with each other.
The program of Kintai Music Festival preserves the tradition of presenting one composer. This year, this honor goes to the leader of the Kintai Arts residency, composer Vykintas Baltakas, who has been introducing foreign and Lithuanian musicians and composers to Kintai for two years.
We invite you to participate in all the events of the Kintai Music Festival!
Founder and director of „Kintai Arts“
Founder of Kintai Music Festival