On the last weekend of spring, one of the most exquisite streets of Kaunas will host “Putvinskio street day 2019”, a community street festival that has become a cherished tradition. 

The festival, held on the 25th of May, 2019, invites to learn and create colourful stories of this street for the third time. Every year the festival programme fills V. Putvinskio street with cultural and educational activities, exciting community initiatives and newly-acquainted neighbours, whereas city dwellers and guests are invited to undiscovered courtyards, terraces, stairwells and exceptional interiors.

Last year’s festival emphasised the notion of collaboration and ecology. This year we turn our gaze towards language, which is inextricably linked to collaboration, and we propose to rethink its expressions in our neighbourhood(s). With the aid of language we communicate with the outside world, define our identity, express our history and culture, moreover, we preserve and create memory.

V. Putvinskio street is full of its secretive manifestations: our neighbourhood used to be the site of a flourishing vinyeard and the first Kaunas City Museum. Diplomats and vibrant multicultural communities used to walk beside the ever-rising Modernist buildings. Nowadays the story is continued by a growing number of cultural institutions, street art, reflecting a new era of the street can be found in its numerous courtyards, conversations on architecture still resonate loudly and multicultural communal connections are still being made. The inhabitants of local flats carry even more individual stories. Let’s open our windows, doors, balconies and courtyards: let’s meet on the 25th of May for a neighbourly bustle!

“Putvinskio street day” is organised by Kaunas Artists’ House with partners and neighbours.
Let’s create a day to remember together!

Programe:

Infocentre
Kaunas Artists’ House terrace (V. Putvinskio str. 56)

  • 12 noon – 8 pm “Putvinskio Street Day” infodesk
  • 12 noon – 1 pm, 2 pm – 3 pm Lithuanian sign language lessons for everyone with L. Balaišienė (presented in collaboration with Kaunas Deaf Rehabilitation Centre and will be held in Lithuanian)
  • 12 noon – 4 pm “Žaisloteka” (Toy Library; presented in collaboration with Kaunas Vincas Kudirka Public Library)
  • 12 noon – 7 pm “Putvinskio Street Day” game (presented in collaboration with Kaunas Film Centre “Romuva”)
  • 12 noon – 8 pm “The Sustainable Development as a Goal Game” (presented in collaboration with Global Citizens’ Academy)
  • 2 pm – 6 pm A Library of the Flaneur (presented in collaboration with Nida Art Colony)

Coffee offered by Caffeine LT
Food by Mokslo kavinė, Ridikas

Excursions
K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum (V. Putvinskio str. 55)

  • 12 noon – 2 pm Museums in V. Putvinskio street (presented in collaboration with “Ekskursas” and M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum; the event will be held in Lithuanian).

Mažylis Maternity Hospital inner courtyard (V. Putvinskio str. 3)

  • 1 pm – 2 pm P. Mažylis Maternity Hospital: the history and the neighbourhood (presented in collaboration with P. Mažylis Maternity Hospital and will be held in Lithuanian)

Putvinskio street

  • 2 pm – 3 pm V. Putvinskio street excursion (presented in collaboration with Vytautas Magnus University Faculty of Humanities and will be held in Lithuanian)
  • 6 pm – 7 pm Street Art in V. Putvinskio street (presented in collaboration with Kaunas Street Art festival NYKOKA and will be held in Lithuanian)

Kaunas Evangelical Reformed Church (E. Ožeškienės str. 41)

  • 3 pm – 3.30 pm, 4 pm – 4.30 pm The History of Kaunas Evangelical Reformed Church (presented in collaboration with Kaunas Evangelical Reformed parish)

Discoveries
The sculpture garden of father and son Antinis (next to KAH, V. Putvinskio str. 56)

  • 12 noon – 6 pm Flea market

Emmanuel Levinas square (next to Žaliakalnis Funicular Railway)

  • 12 noon – 6 pm Book market (presented in collaboration with the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Emmanuel Levinas Centre and Vytautas Magnus University Faculty of Humanities)
  • 1 pm – 2 pm Brunch and discussion: “Non-Lithuanian Kaunas: the famous and active creators of the past and today” (in conversation: dr. V. Bachmetjevas, dr. T. Błaszczak and dr. L. Boizou, chaired by dr. G. Janauskas) (presented in collaboration with Vytautas Magnus University Faculty of Humanities and will be held in Lithuanian)
  • 5 pm – 6 pm Kaunas stories on the funicular railway (presented in collaboration with Vytautas Magnus University Faculty of Humanities, “Kauno Liftai” and will be held in Lithuanian)

Food by Ello’s Street Food

Performing arts
Kaunas Artists’ House terrace (V. Putvinskio str. 56)

  • 3 pm – 5.30 pm Animalitos jam session (presented in collaboration with betonlauzis / / glzbtns)

Putvinskis str. steps (“Juozaičio“, “Saulės“, “Šilelio“, “Pompėjos” steps)

  • 4 pm – 7 pm Poetry slam #22

Staying active

Putvinskis str. steps (“Juozaičio“, “Saulės“, “Šilelio“, “Pompėjos” steps)

  • 1 pm – 4 pm Dance Marathon (presented in collaboration with dance studio “In*Beat”)

Emmanuel Levinas square (next to Žaliakalnis Funicular Railway)

  • 1 pm – 6 pm Chess lessons, giant outdoor chess set (presented in collaboration with the Lithuanian Chess School)
  • 5 pm – 6 pm Acro Yoga (presented in collaboration with Acro Kaunas)

The sculpture garden of father and son Antinis (next to KAH, V. Putvinskio str. 56)

  • 1 pm – 4 pm Velomelo.lt mobile bike service (presented in collaboration with Velomelo.lt and “Like Bike Kaunas”)

Exhibitions
Vytautas Magnus University multipurpose building (V. Putvinskio str. 23)

  • 12 noon – 6 pm “Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas: experimental laboratory “Swamp School 2.0”. Attendance with an audio-guide is recommended (presented in collaboration with Vytautas Magnus University)
  • 12 noon – 1 pm Mindaugas Kavaliauskas’s photography exhibition “A Spot” launch (presented in collaboration with Vytautas Magnus University Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy)

Antiquarian (V. Putvinskio str. 42)

  • 12 noon – 4 pm “Kaunas Tatars: Culture and Heritage”

Cinema
Kaunas Artists’ House inner courtyard (V. Putvinskio str. 56)

  • 12 am – 6 pm The Film Archive: a selection of Lithuanian interwar archive film

K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum (V. Putvinskio str. 55)

  • 3 pm – 4.30 pm Letters to Friends: Jonas Mekas and Friends (presented in collaboration with Rupert)

Creative workshops
Antanas Žmuidzinavičius Creations and Collections Museum (Devils’ Museum) inner garden (V. Putvinskio str. 64)

  • 12 noon – 3 pm Sensitive stones (presented in collaboration with Kaunas University of Technology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities)
  • 12 noon – 5 pm En plein air in the garden of Antanas and Marija Žmuidzinavičiai (presented in collaboration with Antanas Žmuidzinavičius Creations and Collections Museum (Devils’ Museum)
  • 5 pm – 8 pm Evening drawing session

Kaunas Artists’ House terrace (V. Putvinskio str. 56)

  • 12 noon – 8 pm “Putvinskio Street Day” badge-making workshops
  • 2 pm – 6 pm “Putvinskio Street Day” zine workshops

Vytautas Magnus University multipurpose building (V. Putvinskio str. 23)

  • 1 pm – 3 pm “Swamp School”: ŠA Atelier workshop for children “Building a House for an Amphibian” (presented in collaboration with Vytautas Magnus University and will be held in Lithuanian).
  • 2 pm – 4 pm Calligraphy workshop (presented in collaboration with Vytautas Magnus University Centre for Asian Studies)

Emmanuel Levinas square (next to Žaliakalnis Funicular Railway)

  • 3 pm – 4 pm Let’s play the samba! – drum workshop (presented in collaboration with Bombo Feminista)

Open Doors
Vaizdas” image studio (V. Putvinskio str. 38)

  • 12 noon – 4 pm Come on in for a coffee to the legendary Lithuanian Bank Employee Residential House!

Kaunas Evangelical Reformed Church (E. Ožeškienės str. 41)

  • 12 noon – 5 pm The Kaunas Evangelical Reformed Church community invites you for a visit

Antanas Žmuidzinavičius Creations and Collections Museum (Devils’ Museum) inner garden (V. Putvinskio str. 64)

  • 12 noon – 8 pm An oasis of serenity in a bustling city: the garden of Žmuidzinavičiai

Alter Bonus” (V. Putvinskio str. 28B-2A)

  • 2 pm – 6 pm Bankruptcy stories with a view towards the funicular railway

Concert
Kaunas Artists’ House terrace (V. Putvinskio str. 56)

  • 8 pm – 9 pm “Pilnatys”