An open air concert by the Vilnius University Wind Orchestra “Oktava” for people who miss evenings filled with the sounds of music.

On July 13th at 7 PM, the Grand Courtyard of Vilnius University (Šv. Jono st. 12) will become a musical fiesta of wind instruments. After a break because of the quarantine and remote concerts, the orchestra is very happy to invite its fans to an evening of live music and the closing of the 69th season of #oktava.

Having rested, recovered and missing live music - we will perform for you.

You can experience the massive sound of wind instruments and carefully selected repertoire in the free-of-charge concert for everyone, in the heart of Vilnius Old Town - the Grand Courtyard of Vilnius University!

The Art Director of the orchestra, Albinas Kučinskas is delighted to close this special season full of challenges with a live performance: “After a long time of performing only in the virtual space, we are happy to play live music again - to experience that feeling of true emotion and close connection between the members of the orchestra and the audience”

We will hear the music from the Phil Collins Collection, commemorate the queen of soul - Aretha Franklin, travel to the world of jazz music with the piece by Chuck Mangione called “Land of Make Believe”, cut the cake of funk with Mike Tomaro’s “Cut the Cake”. We will be immersed in Phillip Sparke’s “Almshouse Street Blues” - a synthesis of folk music, jazz and even bhangra! We will start the powerful brass engine of trumpets in the orchestral piece “Brass Machine”. We must not forget the legends of rock music as well - Pink Floyd and the arrangement of their song “Another Brick in the Wall” for a wind orchestra. Not to mention the jazz standards and the music of animated movies sung by vocalists Martyna Kučytė, Julija Šturo, Paulius Noreika.

You can expect that and so many more musical surprises in this concert.
The youth musicians from the bigband of Balys Dvarionas school of music will perform alongside the orchestra.
The Art Director of the orchestra: Albinas Kučinskas.
Conductors: Albinas Kučinskas, Kristijonas Sakalauskas.
Concert for the whole family, free admission.
The duration of the concert, 1 hour 30 minutes.


„Oktava" po atviru dangumi: 69-ojo sezono uždarymo koncertas

Music event in Vilnius, Lithuania by Vilniaus universitetas / Vilnius University and 2 others on Monday, July 13 2020 with 306 people interested and 84...

Vilnius university Centre of Culture invites international students of Vilnius university to the introductory session of Music therapy. The free of charge session is dedicated to introduce students to the power of music. The session will reveal the potential and wide use of Music therapy and will help to develop a complete relationship with oneself and the environment. When words do not help or are impossible, when emotions are too difficult to express in words… Music therapy can help to fill the emptiness. VU Culture Centre invites you not to be afraid of that emptiness, but to open up a new, authentic experience.

Musical preparation is not necessary for participation. Session will be held in English language. It will take place in SCIC (Scholarly Communication and Information centre), Saulėtekio ave. 5, room A119. Registration is mandatory, you can fill the form.


When? February 17th 6 p.m.

Where? SCIC, Saulėtekio ave. 5, room A119


Duration: 1 h. 30 min.

Max. number of participants: 12

On the 16th of December and the 4th and 18th of January, Vilnius University Centre of Culture invites you to the Church of St. Johns to see the space in a completely new light, to experience it through new sound as well as in virtual reality.

Balfolk - is a modern way of dancing traditional French dances. It’s a general word for European folk dances, revived and redanced in the 70’s in France.


Admission of New Members to Vilnius University Student Art Groups in 2019

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Academic mixed choir "Gaudeamus“ 

September 4, 9 ir 11 


V. Krėvės auditorium, Faculty of Filology,
Universiteto st. 5

 Girls choir “Virgo“

September 5, 10, 12  


V. Krėvės auditorium, Faculty of Filology,
Universiteto st. 5

Mixed Choir "Pro musica"

September 8 ir 15  


Aula Magna,
M.K.Čiurlionio st. 21,
(3rd floor)

For alumni and employees only 

Drama troupe "Minimum"

(no admitance this year)


Kinetic Theater Troupe

September 10 


VU Theatre Hall, Universitetog.

 Chamber ochetra

Tuesdays and fridays 


Aula Magna,
M.K.Čiurlionio st. 21,
(3rd floor)

Bring your instrument, if you have!

Organ studio "Unda Maris“ 

September 11 


VU St. John's' Church, Šv. Jono st. 12

Rehearsals are in VU St. John's' Church on Wednesdays

Wind orchestra 

New members can join through all academic year. Rehearsals are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays


B.Dvarionas music school,
Great Hall,
T.Kosciuškos st. 13

For more information conctact  Albinas Kučinskas 


Folk Ensemble "Ratilio"

September 11th


Aula Magna
M.K.Čiurlionio st. 21,
(3rd  floor)

Folk Music Group "Jaunimėlis"

September 12th


The Faculty of Law, Saulėtekio ave. 9 (basement)

Song and Dance Ensemble

September 26th   18.00, 
October 1st  18.00 
Final selection October 3rd   18.00

VU Centre of Culture,
M.K.Čiurlionio st. 21,
(3rd  floor)


For more information:


from September 10th  to November 10th  on Tuesdays and Thursdays



For more information: 


from September 10th  to November 10th  on Tuesdays and Thursdays



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Ratilio albumas 1As we approach the year 2017, which were announced the Year of National Costume in Lithuania, Vilnius University Folklore Ensemble "Ratilio" published a book-album.

National costumes are one of the nation's and the state symbols of ethnic identity and national culture. This book vividly reveals the uniqueness of each Lithuanian ethnic region's traditional costume. Expressive photographs show the beauty of ethnic clothing, of patterns and colors.

The book describes the historical folklore ensemble "Ratilio" costume change  witnessed by former ensemble members both in Lithuanian and English languages. Pictures, divided into 6 sections (Archaeological clothing, Highland (Aukštaitija), Samogitia (Žemaitija), Lithuania Minor, Dzūkija and Suvalkija regional costumes), depicted full costumes and their special details, showcased by the current ensemble members and taken by a professional photographer Natalija Ranceva.

This publication aims to encourage communities to take pride in their ethnographic regional identity, origin and traditions, to attract young people to take interest in and foster a unique regional culture, especially Lithuanians living abroad. Also, this book-album will be very educational for foreigners - it can be a wonderful gift.

Compiled by Milda Ričkutė and Natalija Ranceva
Author of the artistic reconstruction of archaeological costumes, archaeologist Dr. Daiva Steponavičienė
Lithuanian ethnographic costume reconstruction authors: Danutė Keturakienė, Dalia Zagnoj, Danutė Tamošaitienė, Rūta Kučinskienė, Bronė Zadojenkienė, Virginija Markevičienė
Photographer Natalija Ranceva
Text authors: Milda Ričkutė, Daiva Steponavičienė
Photographed in the Lithuanian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum in Rumšiškės

The project is partially financed by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.

The book was published by PI "Akademinė leidyba", 2016.

ISBN 978-9955-33-701-0
UDK 391 (474.5) (084) Ri31

Hardcover, color illustrations, 104 pages.
Dimensions: H 24,5 cm, W 17,4 cm, T 1,1 cm.

The book is being sold in these bookstores in Lithuania.

The book is distributed by the Vilnius University Center of Culture. Contact for more info.

RAtilio issuu

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