2 August 2019

Lithuanian accents at The Jagiellonian Fair

The Jagiellonian Fair is also a part of the celebrations of the 450th of signing the Union of Lublin. On this occasion from 16-18 August, we will be able to hear Lithuanian traditional music, learn the Lithuanian polyphonic songs sutartines and see crafts from over 40 Lithuanian artists.

Lithuanian crafts

Egidijus Latenas

Lithuanians are famous for amber, smithery and ceramics. We will see all this at The Jagiellonian Fair in Lublin. Among all the invited Lithuanians, we are introducing only a few. You need to meet the rest yourselves! Saulius Rinkūnas continues the family tradition of working with amber. At The Jagiellonian Fair, we will see his jewellery for which he also uses bog oak wood, flax, brass and leather.  Amber first appeared in Sandra Bričkuvienė’s family in  1959, while she started making jewellery in 1996. Sandra makes amber necklaces, pendants and earrings. Her products have been given the certificate of Lithuanian heritage.

Lithuanian smithery will be presented in Lublin by Juozas Stankevičius, whose family has been specializing in this craft for three generations. Among other things, at his stall, we will find beautiful, unique traditional wrought crosses. Juozas Kavaliauskas will present traditional Lithuanian iron „suns”, horseshoes, candle holders and other iron articles, whereas Egidijus Latėnas stalls will feature wrought crosses, locks, hinges and handles.

Arriving straight from Kaunas will be Česlovas Gudžius, who has been making ceramics together with his wife since 1985. Their pieces are predominantly dishes in traditional forms and featuring traditional decorations. The patterns are careful and meticulous. We will also see pottery made by Artūras Survila, who uses local deposits of clay and makes the dishes on the pottery wheel. Among other things, he makes pots, bowls and jugs that he glazes and decorated with traditional Lithuanian patterns. We will also meet Regina

Mataitiėnė who has been making black ceramics since her childhood. She has also developed her skills in a school of arts in Kaunas. She is a member of the Lithuanian Folk Artists’ Association.

16-18 August | 10.00-19.00 | Crafts Fair in the Old Town and Krakowskie Przedmieście pedestrian zone

You will also be able to get better acquainted with Lithuanian crafts in workshops. The programme includes, among others, making Vilnius’ Easter palms. Agata Granicka – the instructor, comes from a family, where Vilnius’ palms have been made for seven generations. She has been exploring this craft for the last 30 years. She is a member of the Lithuanian Folk Artists’ Association. She is one of the top folk artists in Lithuania and has received many awards and distinctions. In the workshops, the participants will learn how to make Vilnius’ easter palms.

16 and 17 August | 11.00-13.00 | Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 7 | registration: jarmarkjagiellonski.pl

Lithuanian Music

Trys Keturiose

In the Dominican Basilica we will hear Trys Keturiose  in the concert The Ritual songs of bees. The band have over 30 years of experience in performing original Lithuanian polyphonic songs Sutartines. These songs stand out from the rest of Lithuanian folklore due to their rich use of seconds, entwined voices, accentuated rhythmical patterns and the simultaneous sound of two different texts (main and refrain). All these qualities of polyphonic songs require an extraordinary concord of performers, a habit of singing together or “sutarimas” (the name Sutartines was derived from verb “sutarti” – to agree, to accord). Thus, it is not accidental that since the ancient times, Sutartines have been sung in small groups (2, 3 or 4 women). The singers do not copy sounds from archival records, but seek to retain the authentic colour of sutartinės. The singers try to understand this archaic tradition of the language, experience a deeply spiritual and aesthetic feeling and send these emotions to the modern listener. They also seek to approach contemporary arts and collaborate with composers and media artists.
18 August | 14.00 | Dominican Basilica, Złota 9

You will also have an opportunity to learn sutartines during workshops conducted by the three Kriščiūnaitė sisters. The participants will learn the history of the songs, learn basic theory and performing techniques. They will see videos showing the songs performed by two, three and four singers, as well instrumental and dance versions. After the basics have been mastered, they will divide into groups and learn songs.
17 and18 August | Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 5a | registration: jarmarkjagielloński.pl

Elements of Lithuanian music will also appear in Babadag’s concert. Ola Bilińska’s original project offers her a chance to experiment with themes and symbols of traditional music and give them forms and sounds that are rarely associated with it, leaning more towards electronic psychedelia.  Ola Bilińska has invited to cooperation the sisters Kriščiūnaitė from Lithuania. Lauksmina, Raminta and Dominyka have been performing polyphonic Lithuanian songs since their early childhood.  They will perform alongside three renowned musicians of Polish alternative scene: Hubert Zemler, Sebastian Witkowski and Igor Nikiforow. The leader, fascinated with the geographical proximity but also the cultural difference of Lithuania and the beauty of Lithuanian language has taken on sutartines – old Lithuanian songs with incredibly interesting structures. She used those structures as one of the layers of her songs, giving new English and Polish lyrics to traditional melodies and adding new refrains to old verses, as well as new instrumental arrangements to the vocal lines.

18 sierpnia | 20.00 | Plac Dominikański