ABOUT

CITYTELLING FESTIVAL

The CityTelling Festival started in October 2019 and it is one of the biggest events of the Kaunas 2022 program "Memory Office". The initiative unites storytellers: museologists, theatre and other artists, individual history enthusiasts, professional storytellers, local community activists, and others.

The CityTelling Festival aims to remind the multiethnic memory of Kaunas and its surroundings, to strengthen the dialogue between different communities, to encourage pride in the place we live in, and at the same time – to talk about topics relevant to the contemporary European.

Every time we invite the festival organizers and partners to tell unheard, forgotten stories of the city and the district, to try new ways of telling stories and to do it in unexpected, forgotten places.
And we invite the visitors of the festival to embark on a journey that will delight not only with discoveries but also with new experiences. Maybe you’ll discover what you didn’t expect, get an answer to a question you didn’t even know existed ... After all, stories don’t just help us to discover the place we live in. They help us to get to know ourselves, to listen to the other, to understand and empathize better.
CITYTELLING FESTIVAL 2020:

LIFE INTERRUPTED

In 2020 the CityTelling Festival was marked by world events. In the time of the global pandemic, people from different countries and cultures were brought together by common experience. One can already say, brought together with a common story. The lives of many of us were simply interrupted...

How has this experience affected us? How has it affected our self-esteem and habits, our relationships with each other, and our environment, city, public spaces?
Reflecting on these unexpected experiences, we realize that, from a historical point of view, they are not unique or exceptional. Perhaps by considering what happened to this generation, we can understand with greater empathy the experiences of the generations that lived before us, their destinies, their interrupted lives?

This year, we invite partners, visitors, and participants of the festival to reflect on the personal experiences of recent years, herewith looking back at the life stories of their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents during the war, occupation, exile, persecution and other difficult periods of history.

We invite you to ask the following questions:
Can we learn from the stories of the past while facing the challenges of our time? Do we recognize ourselves in them?
What experiences of our own can we see in past events?
What does it mean to be confronted with uncertainty about the future, insecurity, unknown? On the other hand, how to remain a human when destruction storms around? How to beat a beast without becoming one?

Curator Daiva Citvarienė
Coordinator Justina Petrulionytė-Sabonienė

NEWS

New-Project-7

STORIES

An interactive game

FIND AND SEEK

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2019

Video of the festival






2019

Gallery of the festival


October 17

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October 18

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October 19

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October 20

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October 21

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October 22

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October 23

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October 24

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