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    Kaunas

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With the population of 300.000 inhabitants, Kaunas city has over 60 museums and galleries, more than 10 professional theatres, various cultural facilities, 8 active art unions and holds over 60 representative festivals and events.
Kaunas is renowned for its unique school of architecture. In the swirl of European events, the city’s “golden age” (1918–1940) was marked by the interwar modernism architecture: its dense concentration in the city centre, a distinctive Lithuanian style of interior, exterior and furniture design, which is a unique phenomenon not only in Lithuania, but also in Europe.
The key engines of Kaunas city architecture, design and urbanism are the following festivals: Kaunas Biennial, International Kaunas Architecture Festival and the Design Week that is organized throughout Lithuania at the same time. The festivals were created by professionals from various fields of cultural industries (arts, architecture, design, technologies, business) in terms of international cooperation and promotion of diversity of cultural expressions. The Architecture and Urbanism Research Centre of Kaunas University of Technology conducts scientific studies, while architects’ studios and design-driven creative hubs integrate the tradition into the modern reality. It is especially significant for the preservation and development of outstanding Kaunas architecture.

Statement of future contribution:

  • Reveal the cultural diversity, interdisciplinary approach and design practices during international festivals Kaunas Biennial, Kaunas Architecture Festival, Kaunas Photo, etc.;
  • Create a long-lasting international cooperation by involving foreign curators and inviting worldwide famous artists into the aforementioned festivals, universities (Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Vytautas Magnus University (VMU), etc.), study centres, Kaunas arts incubator, etc.;
  • Develop residences, international exchanges and non-governmental education in the areas of design and architecture;
  • Enhance cooperation with other cities from the UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network by developing international relations and projects;
  • Create opportunities for young creators to get involved into international cooperation by stimulating joint cultural activities in the field of design;
  • Cooperate and make strategic partnership with other cities that have their own schools of modernism in architecture, including local state holders, private tourism sector and civil society;
  • Promote and actualize modernist architecture, design and history of Kaunas as well as highlight the design of other UCCN’s cities through the development of art and culture festivals, deepen integration of socio-cultural clusters;
  • Increase the visibility of the Cities of Design by enhancing experience and knowledge exchange;
  • Actively participate, collaborate and contribute to UCCN activities.

Facts and Figures


Inhabitants

387,158 inhabitants (metropolitan area)

Area

City 157 km2
Metro. area 8,089 km2

Educational institutions

12 universities and colleges (approximately 30,000 students)


most student-centered city in Lithuania

Lithuania’s sport’s capital

Industrial city

Discover Kaunas

IŠ ARTI FESTIVAL_logo

Up Close. IS ARTI| Contemporary Music Festival

The contemporary music festival was born in 1997 out of the desire to promote the work of Kaunas-based composers and encourage relationships between Lithuanian musicians from different regions and grew into a solid annual showcase of modern music.

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PRINCIPALPHOTO

Kaunas Biennial

The 11th Kaunas Biennial will open on 15/09/2017 with a public art programme featuring artists such as Tatzu Nishi, Horst Hoheisel and Andreas Knitz, Phillip Miller, Allard van Hoorn, Jenny Kagan and more.

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Kaunas photo_ © Rūta Karčiauskaitė_klein

KAUNAS PHOTO Festival

KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest-running annual photo art festival in the Baltic States, since 2004, taking place every September in the second-largest Lithuanian town of Kaunas.

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Design_Week_logo_2

Design Week Lithuania

The annual design ‘fiesta’ that takes place in six different cities of Lithuania – Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, Telšiai, Anykščiai – and so far is the biggest design event in the country.

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Water Works Wanted!

This year’s 14th edition of Kaunas’ annual Photo Festival puts its focus on WATER and invites photographers from all around the world to submit their work related to this theme.

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Principal Photo_KTU_Santaka_Valley_©Kaunas_City_Municipality

Call for Papers | 4D

One of the biggest and most important universities in Lithuania – Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) is hosting an International Conference “4D” aimed to discuss the role of Design in developing value for social entities, technological advancement, business creation and revamping.

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Discover Kaunas

IŠ ARTI FESTIVAL_logo

Up Close. IS ARTI| Contemporary Music Festival

The contemporary music festival was born in 1997 out of the desire to promote the work of Kaunas-based composers and encourage relationships between Lithuanian musicians from different regions and grew into a solid annual showcase of modern music.

Learn more
PRINCIPALPHOTO

Kaunas Biennial

The 11th Kaunas Biennial will open on 15/09/2017 with a public art programme featuring artists such as Tatzu Nishi, Horst Hoheisel and Andreas Knitz, Phillip Miller, Allard van Hoorn, Jenny Kagan and more.

Learn more
Kaunas photo_ © Rūta Karčiauskaitė_klein

KAUNAS PHOTO Festival

KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest-running annual photo art festival in the Baltic States, since 2004, taking place every September in the second-largest Lithuanian town of Kaunas.

Learn more
Design_Week_logo_2

Design Week Lithuania

The annual design ‘fiesta’ that takes place in six different cities of Lithuania – Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, Telšiai, Anykščiai – and so far is the biggest design event in the country.

Learn more
3.1

Water Works Wanted!

This year’s 14th edition of Kaunas’ annual Photo Festival puts its focus on WATER and invites photographers from all around the world to submit their work related to this theme.

Learn more
Principal Photo_KTU_Santaka_Valley_©Kaunas_City_Municipality

Call for Papers | 4D

One of the biggest and most important universities in Lithuania – Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) is hosting an International Conference “4D” aimed to discuss the role of Design in developing value for social entities, technological advancement, business creation and revamping.

Learn more
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