Where: Vingis Park
When: July 25 main event
Festival is free of charge.
Believe it or not, Vilnius as we know it today was inspired by a dream Grand Duke Gediminas had of an iron wolf with a howl as loud as 1,000 wolves howling in unison. This 25 July, 700 years later, we’re trading the iron wolf’s howl for an exclusive group of artists headlining the As Young As Vilnius Festival, but it promises to be just as loud. Taking place at one of our biggest urban green spaces – Vingis Park – the free festival promises to keep Vilnius’ birthday party going strong with performances spanning a variety of genres.
Vilnius’ 700th birthday is a year-long celebration, and the city itself has a special summer gift planned for all residents and visitors. On 25 July, come to one of our biggest urban green spaces – Vingis Park – for the free As Young As Vilnius Festival, which will feature a lineup of international and local music stars spanning an array of genres.
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The festival started with a special show – true Lithuanian opera stars appeared together with an orchestra. In one evening, residents and guests of Vilnius heard a plethora of classical music hits: opera arias by Puccini, Bizet, Mozart and Verdi, and well-known works performed by the orchestra.
The festival also produced some unexpected surprises – well-known Lithuanian performers appeared who were specially paired up for this event in duos of different genres according to the Grammy principle. After all, Vilnius is a creative and passionate city that is not afraid to experiment! So Lithuanian performers and groups united and – together – made listeners’ hearts beat a little faster. The performances included well-known, popular songs as well as new interpretations of legendary pieces. It was a colourful and sensitive – yet also energetic – part of Lithuanian music, inviting everyone to celebrate Vilnius’s youth.
For one evening, Vilnius became an international music arena. It was hard to believe that we were hearing the hits that we’ve listened to countless times on Spotify right here in Vilnius! Lewis Capaldi – a well-known and critically acclaimed international pop music star who knows how to touch the hearts of fans around the world with his work – appeared in the capital.
The Low Air urban dance theatre also gave the audience a spectacular show. Entitled “Together”, the dance performance united different generations, Lithuanian urban dance culture, and themes such as the search for identity, loneliness and connection, and community.