Proposed theoretical topics

1. The ethnogenesis and evolution of Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians (of the Balts and the Ugrofins) – historical, cultural and linguistic interconnections, inside influences

2. The singing, choreographic and instrumental ceremonial folklore and its early forms regarding the calendar and family celebrations.

3. The semantics and the ceremonial context of the folk art.

4. The old Baltic gastronomy and its ceremonial context.

5. The recent tendencies regarding the promotion and dissemination of folklore, the safeguarding of the traditions in terms of their continuity, awareness and the situation of the bearers’ communities (folklore events, publications, the state of the ensembles and their leaders’ skills, related training, research on folklore and folklorism, ways and methods of folklore transmission, education and learning, etc.).

During the forum, if the conditions permit, various artistic activities related to the festival “Baltica” will take place

1. Concerts. Various folklore groups, ensembles, solo musicians and singers will be performing works of the old instrumental, singing and choreographic folklore related to the ceremonial context in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The concerts will be hosted by ethnomusicologists, who will provide commentaries as well. The final list of the performers is still in progress.

2. The cooking and tasting of the traditional ceremonial Baltic cuisine, demonstrated by experts in the culinary heritage and the culinarians.

3. The demonstrations of crafts. Straw garden binders, sash weavers and textile weavers, wood carvers and other folk artists will take part.

4. Traditional dance event “All “Baltica” dance”. The folklore dance enthusiasts in all three countries will invite the public to learn simple traditional dances! The moves will be taught by the folklore ensembles, instrumental folklore, post-folklore groups and members of folk dance clubs.

5. The Bernardine Garden is planned to be hosting the artistic project “Ancestral Weaves” (Lith. “Protėvių audos”) by artist Julija Ikamaitė. The piece will be combining the old cultural heritage and modern expressions of art and music. Professional music composers and students of M. K. Čiurlionis Art School will also take part in the creative process. Symbolic ceremonial actions will be performed in the conceptual space, giving meaning not only to the topic of the forum, but also to its culmination – the Day of Baltic Unity will be commemorated there.

It is intended to broadcast a musical composition based on the folklore of the Baltic states in the Bernardine Garden during the festival. The aim of this art project is to encourage interest in the possibilities of the interaction between the contemporary art and the traditional culture, to experience and undergo the rite.

If, due to circumstances, the artistic programs cannot be implemented, their footage will be broadcast.