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International Folklore Festival BALTICA is one of the most significant of its kind in the Baltic States. Every year, since 1987, in accordance with interstate agreement, it has been held in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in turn. In 2024 the event will take place in Lithuania. The festival is included in the official list of events of CIOFF©.

BALTICA gathers about 2000 participants of 10–12 guest folklore groups from different parts of the world and of Lithuania regions.

The aim of the festival is to promote cultural contacts and friendship with various nations, to preserve, to revive and to develop intangible cultural heritage, national and local traditions.

BALTICA incorporates a wide variety of cultural aspects: traditional songs, dances, instrumental music, customs, unique arts and crafts, handmade articles and traditional cuisine. For that purpose, the Lithuanian organizers build a small Festival Town with a stage for the performances of folk groups, areas for demonstration of traditional crafts and foods fair. Each country is assigned time slots to present their culture.

The festival consists of different types of events: gala and chamber concerts, creative workshops, parades, short performances, video presentations, etc. Festival activities take place both in cities (concert halls, open–air stages in parks, streets) and in countryside.

International Folklore Festival BALTICA will be held in Lithuania on 28 of June – 2 of July, 2024.

The activities are planned to take place in the capital city of Lithuania – Vilnius as well as in other cities and countryside.


In 2024 the theme of the festival in Lithuania will be Ritual, which features customs and rites related to the exceptional and everyday moments of human life, calendar holidays, agriculture, crafts, other work cycles, ways to strengthen physical and mental health, etc.

History of the festival "Baltica" 1987–2019, 2021.



Events in Vilnius

June 28, Friday

17.00   The lighting ceremony of the Festival‘s flame at the Hill of Gediminas' Grave

June 29, Saturday

12.00   Traditional Crafts Fair in Bernardine Garden and the Castles Territory

16.00   Performances in the Old Town of Vilnius, Gediminas Avenue

18.00   Gala Concert at the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall (Vilnius St.6)

June 30, Sunday

11.30   Traditional Sacred Songs Hour at the Bernardine Church (Maironis St. 10)

The Town of the Festival in Bernardine Garden:

14.00   Rituals, concerts, presentations of traditions, crafts and national cuisine

18.00   Concert and get-together

21.00   Video-club “Baltica” (The location will be later announced)

July 1, Monday

10.00   Creativity Lab at the Lithuanian National Culture Centre (Barboros Radvilaitės St. 8)

The Town of the Festival at the Bernardine Garden:

15.00   Rituals, concerts, presentations of traditions, crafts and national cuisine

18.00   Concert and get-together

July 2, Tuesday

12.00   Performances of the Festival’s guests in the Folklore Day programme “Rasi rasoj rasi” ("Find up in dew") of the Centennial Lithuanian Song and Dance Celebration “May the green Forest Grow“ in Bernardine Garden and the Castles Territory

June 30, Sunday, July 1, Monday

Festival events in Kaišiadorys, Panevėžys, Kaunas districts

Changes of the festival programme are possible

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1. Folklore programme requirements for groups

BALTICA 2024 is a festival presenting authentic forms of folklore (i.e., non-stylized, non-transformed), therefore, we would be grateful if the traditional practitioners of your traditional songs, dances, instrumental music, customs and traditional costumes come to the festival. Groups should present their program with a live folk music accompaniment if it is needed. Unfortunately, recorded music is not allowed as it eliminates authenticity. The duration of the performances - 5, 30, 60 min. A folklore group should be at least of 5 persons, but not over 20.


2. Traditional crafts

The most convenient demonstration would be of those crafts that need no complex equipment, for example, twig or straw-weaving, wood-carving, pottery, textile, etc. Articles can be brought or produced for sale.

We would like to invite up to 2 craftspeople representing the same region with their own materials and means of production, and dressed in their national costumes. It is desirable that they were able to decorate their working place at least minimally.

We kindly ask you to fill in the Application Form of craftspeople recommended, to prepare a few photos of each person with his / her articles.


3. Traditional cuisine

Conditions and appliances for preparing foods will be provided by organizers. We kindly ask you to send us the recipes of the foods proposed, which can be made using no complex equipment, as well as contact address of the consulting specialist who will take part in preparing and presenting foods for the further discussion on details.



The aim of the cinema is to provide the participating countries with the possibility of wider presentation of their intangible cultural heritage. Films recorded on DVD could include family traditions as well as those of work, calendar festivities, rituals, mode of life and other fields of traditional culture of your country.

We kindly ask you to inform us about the films offered, regarding the following: the author, the title (original and English), duration, DVD format (HD, AVI), language, short annotation.

If any problems in terms of the lease or the public presentation of the films occur, please inform us about it and provide us with the addresses of the responsible officials, so that we can help you solve this matter.

We kindly ask you to deliver the films two months in advance.


5. Expenses

The travelling expenses should be covered by the participating countries.

Expenses for meals, lodging and traveling during the festival will be covered by the organizers of  BALTICA-2024.

Participants are obliged to have their own health insurance policy. Organizers will not cover costs of health treatment and other results of misfortunes.