MJR XV programme
Special events, actions and entertainment

:::: Avant-garde from Benas Šarka :::

Marking the constant expansion of the Festival’s programme, this year the island of Lake Zarasas will host a performance Kiaurai (All Through) by the prominent Lithuanian avant-garde artist Benas Šarka. The show of motion has references to the Japanese Butoh and symbolises the return to the times when even the notion of theatre did not exist. The author of the performance believes that man has not changed throughout the millennia, therefore he aims to speak without words, in the language of body and soul, through the mythical memory of the ancient cultures.


:::: Hikes and tours ::::

Hiking tour with Tadas Šidiškis

Dainiaus Spukos nuotrauka

Duration: 2.5 hours
Length: 5 km

One of the most prominent Lithuanian hikers Tadas Šidiškis will guide a tour on Saturday morning. The route will follow the promenade of Lake Zarasas to the unique 17 m high observation ring and will include local highlights, forests and hills.


:::: Exhibitions ::::

Shamans in a Modern Age

Photography by Mihály Hoppál

Location: Gallery of Zarasai Culture Centre
Duration: August 24 – September 6; 10 AM to 6 PM

This is the first time when the Festival hosts an exhibition of a foreign artist. The Estonia-based Hungarian Institute will present a photography exhibition of a famous Hungarian ethnologist Mihály Hoppál.

The pictures exhibited in this show were taken in 1991–2011 in Siberia and the Far East (China, South Korea). They evidence the revival of archaic shamanistic practices at the beginning of the new century. The photos show real shamans performing genuine rituals in unstaged settings. With their strong self-consciousness shamans are highly resistant to the daily changes and are able to sustain and revive the identity of their peoples through various rituals thus fostering local spiritual cultural heritage and the diversity of the world.

Mihály Hoppál is the Doctor of Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (since 1992) and former Director of the Institute of Ethnology (2003–2009). He has written several studies on shamanism in Eurasia that have been translated into Finnish, Estonian, English, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Polish, Italian and a number of other languages. He is also the founder and president of the International Society for Shamanistic Research.

The history of the Lithuanian Aero Club

The programme of the Festival dedicated to the Lithuanian aviation includes an exhibition on the history of the Lithuanian Aero Club, which was founded in 1927 on the initiative of the Lithuanian Air Force pilots and opened the airspace for civilians as well as promoted aviation by publishing related periodicals and organising aviation events in the province. The Aero Club encouraged and raised a generation of young constructors of gliders and planes. In 1932–1934, the club supported transatlantic flights organised by Steponas Darius and American Lithuanians, while during the Soviet era it developed leading sports aviation.


Pictures of Lithuanian wildlife

The pavilion of films and lectures will be decorated by the most beautiful pictures of birds from the competition of photography on Lithuanian wildlife. 



:::: Night gardens of light ::::

 In the wake of the impressive parade of hot air balloons, the island will be lit by the magical fiery gardens. The cells of the garden tied together into a whole symbolise the union of the heavenly sphere with the human world and reflect unity, continuity of traditions and ability to stay together.