This celebration of music takes place at Juodkrante, Liudvikas Reza summer stage, annually since 2012.
By the calculation of this festival-competition‘s organisers – municipality of Mazeikiai district, Juodkrante Liudvikas Reza cultural center‘s representatives and community organization “Lietuciukes” – in the length of eight years, on that exact summer stage over a thousand participants competed for the main prizes: “Grand Prix”, “Grand Prix silver” and “Grand Prix junior”. And the participants themselves came from all over the world – Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Estonia, Georgia, USA, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Germany and Ukraine.
The length of this festival-competition is three days where participants from six to twenty-seven years old compete in the following categories: groups, jazz soloists and soloists of all genres. During the first two days singers compete, while during the third day the Gala concert takes place where the best singers are awarded.
An international jury evaluates these young aspiring artists. The jury consists of vocal coaches, singers, composers, managers, organisers of similar contests from all over the world. “Baltic voice” is well known abroad for its professional atmosphere and because of that “Baltic voice” is a great place for young artists to start their careers.
Moments from the celebration
The Juodkrantė Resort Days, which are traditionally held in the first half of July, are meant to revive the atmosphere of the old luxury resort of Juodkrantė (Schwarzort) and the traditions of intellectual summer leisure, and to underscore that Juodkrantė is a resort with a top-notch healing climate. During the Resort Days, the sound of gongs invites you to take in the enchanting sunsets, poetry evenings fill the Villa Quarter with verse, and performances by street artists and intimate concerts entice you to take a stroll along the “Arts Promenade”. Juodkrantė locals and guests alike are drawn to the fair, where you can buy works of art, accessories, designer pieces and jewellery. Healers and health product and natural medicine representatives gather on “Health Island”. At the ECO Market, you can purchase products from certified farms. The shore of the Curonian Lagoon is where the Arts Promenade and various workshops are set up, and the tiniest guests are lulled by “Lullaby Park”. We encourage you to attend a lecture by Juodkrantė local Assoc. Prof. Dr Nijolė Strakauskaitė, and learn about the Villa Quarter on a theatrical tour. You can also visit the “Health Resort”; guests are invited to greet the sun during morning exercises, and forest therapy classes are held in the Ancient Forest. After an event-filled day, you can relax in the evening with music, fashion, theatre and circus performances.
Moments from the celebration
This festival takes place at the end of August and is meant to honour and commemorate the birth of Martin Ludwig Rhesa, a pioneer of Lithuanian folklore studies and collector of folklore who was born on the Curonian Spit.
The event continues the traditions of folklore festivals, with groups from Lithuania participating as well as groups from neighbouring Königsberg (Kaliningrad) and Poland, and other bordering Lithuanian communities. The last weekend of summer in Juodkrantė is packed with exceptional documentary screenings, lectures, costume demonstrations and performances by Lithuanian and foreign folklore groups.
Guests have the chance to become acquainted with cultural heritage and history in various workshops, where they can learn to make weathervanes, weave scarves and sashes, knit nets, and make souvenirs from grasses. Those interested can also learn how to make (and taste!) Curonian dishes from the Viking period. The little ones will have a fun time playing the old-fashioned games of the Pamarys Region. Pūsk, vėjuži! invites guests to enjoy a unique experience – attend a lecture while sailing on an old ship, and admire costumes recreated according to archaeological material from grave fields and Baltic symbols in modern linen fashion. The evening concert programme features a modern folklore sound, and is followed by the Šok, broluži! (“Dance, Brother!”) party where everyone has a great time dancing and singing.