Our CityTelling Festival couldn’t exist without us telling the stories ourselves!
This programme includes storytelling evenings in different courtyards, storytellers from different cultures and countries appearing in the city streets, story tours through Kaunas, and cozy storytelling evenings in Kaunas cafés – activities for everyone in Kaunas to discover, listen to and get to know each other.
The programme’s curators, Daiva Ivanauskaitė and Milda Varnauskaitė, are professional storytellers who’ve been actively promoting the art of storytelling in Lithuania for several years. They will be joined by storytellers from abroad, including Shona Cowie (United Kingdom), who will create storytelling performances assembled from stories collected in Kaunas; Katrice Horsley (United Kingdom), who’ll invite us to think about the future of Kaunas; and Gauri Raje (United Kingdom and India), who will introduce listeners to India’s rich culture of storytelling. Kaunas residents and guests will also have the opportunity to listen to the stories of French storyteller Abbi Patrix (France) and get to know Finland and its stories better with the help of storyteller Markus Luukkonen (Finland).
This series of events seeks to help the people of Kaunas, who so often fly past one another on the street and never seem to find each other, to meet and listen to the stories of other people. We’ll invite you to ask each other: Where can I find you? and then come together in the city’s courtyards, streets, and cafés.
Organizers: Kaunas 2022