ABOUT THE FESTIVAL


Every day, we go through the same rituals. We wake up, switch on our screens, read posts from the same people and the same news on news portals. We visit the same places, communicate with the same colleagues, and visit the same shops on our well-trodden paths home.
But what if we burst the bubble of our routine and do something… unexpected? This is what the festival of surprises 100 First Times, organised by Kaunas 2022, will try to do: surprise, reveal something new, and spread the joy. Only in a different way: something less expected or seen before.

Enjoy a picnic


Time: July 14, 11:00 – 15:00
Location: Neris Riverside, just at the outskirts of Vilijampolė

An outdoor picnic to replace a cup of coffee in front of the TV on the weekend. Vilijampolė, a picturesque part of Kaunas, is going to invite you for a picnic on its unique and beautiful riverside of Neris.

It’s going to be an active picnic, with music, dance, sports and entertainment for all gathered to spend their Saturday together.

The picnic will feature:

A farmer’s market with fresh summer harvest and opportunity to devour the goods on the spot, healthy products, opportunity to cook something yourself; training and lectures; good music; area for sports; hammocks, yoga and Pilates sessions; badminton; volleyball; juggling; slacklining; silent disco; organic workshops; a herbalist you may ask for advice; a dance show.

Discover


Time: July 14, 15:00 – 21:00
Location: The New Town and Old Town of Kaunas

On this route of unexpected adventures, you will experience your first times by trying things you have never done before:

10:00 – 20:30

Vilniaus g. 22

Information Bubble

The Bubble will make sure you don’t get lost, give you some tips about things you can find and where, and will keep you updated about the event.

16:00 – 17:00

Kaunas Town Hall (Kaunas City Museum, Rotušės a. 15)

Lindy Hop with the Director

Know how to Lindy Hop or want to learn? Come and we will replace the Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” with swing and jazz.

17:00 – 19:00

Kaunas State Philharmonic (L. Sapiegos str. 5)

Between the Concrete and Electronics

You haven’t seen and heard the Philharmonic like this before

16:30 – 17:30

Underground passage, the crossing of Karaliaus Mindaugo and Birštono str.

UNDERWATERGROUND

Just a couple of meters below the ground, dive into the UNDERWATERGROUND and hear interesting stories, read in two languages, from two different sides.

17.00 – 18.00

Museum of Children Literature (K. Donelaičio g. 13)

Fairytales with Firefighters

You might feel the smell of smoke lingering around these men, but their brave and serious looks will be directed not to the flames, but the fairy-tales, which they are going to read to their listeners

18:00 – 20:00

Vytautas the Great War Museum (K. Donelaičio g. 64)

The Roaring Birthday

We all have pictures taken in from of the War Museum lions, so it’s high time to have this historic shot updated.

18:30 – 20:00

Kaunas 2022 OfficeLaisvės al. 36)

Cultural Confectionery

The sweetest housewarming party hosted by Kaunas 2022.

20:00 – 21:00

Mykolas Žilinskas Art Gallery (Nepriklausomybės a. 12)

The Naked Tasting

The naked guy who has spent his entire life next to Soboras, invite to meet and taste before starting the next stage of the Festival.

Climb


Time: July 14, 21:00
Location: Parodos Street

Have you ever thought how a colourful splash of art would look like in a bustling city street? Brace yourself: one hour of your precious time will be taken from you and returned full of the most unexpected things spent by climbing to Paroda Hill.

First of all, arrive to the recently opened Jurgis Mačiūnas Square in Kaunas. Secondly, get in the mood for experimenting! We are inviting you to follow a route that will bring you from the temporary capital to the contemporary one, by climbing the Paroda Street uphill… as weirdly as possible. When we say ‘weirdly’ we mean in a Fluxus way! Wearing bizzare clothes, moving backwards, on all fours, with a song on your lips, by carrying one’s spouse, riding a horse, bike, with skiis, carrying a cage with a canary inside, with spoons in your hands, or any other way you may think of. Make sure that if Mačiūnas saw you, he would be proud of your fluxusness!

Amuse yourself


Time: July 14, 22:30
Location:Vytautas Park and “O Kodėl Ne?” Bar

Throughout this day full of all things unexpected and fascinating, not only will you meet your old friends, but a bunch of new ones as well. We bet that you won’t be ready to go home soon. Maybe the ‘unexpected’ part for some will start precisely here?

Climb up the Paroda Hill and you will be welcomed by the nocturnal music programme, warm food, delicious drinks and great atmosphere just right here, within Vytautas Park. A place where you used to spin in circles on the beloved merry-go-round Orbita. During this night full of surprises, not only will you be able to share stories about today’s adventures, but also listen to unexpected yet memorable DJ performances, dance and meet new friends.

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