The Arts Centre of Vytautas Magnus university unifies artistic groups and individual creative initiatives, creates conditions that are needed for all members and initiators to get an opportunity to develop their own creative and organizational skills. Contemporary visual arts, movement, theatre and artistic groups of musical culture is promoting the name of the University in different contests, art fairs and festivals in Lithuania, Baltic and Scandinavian states, Western Europe, USA and Canada.
OPENESS TO THE CITY AND PARTNERSHIPS
The main goal of VMU Arts Centre is to allow students to be open and active in different artistic spheres of Kaunas city. Therefore, this Centre initiates interdisciplinary projects of visual and performing arts, presents it to our communities, organizes exhibitions, discussions and meetings of the community, cost-free spectacles. In 2012, in Kaunas State Drama Theatre, our Academic theatre ERRO organized three free of charge spectacles for Kaunas citizens: “One part of the dream” and “Object No. 1” (Director: Justinas Kalinauskas). In 2009, VMU celebrated its 20-year-jubilee and presented the Oratorio “Sutvėrimas” / “Creation” by Vidmantas Bartulis (Director: Ina Pukelytė). On Christmas holidays, an amusing spectacle for children “Wolf’s Christmas” was shown.
The Arts Centre participates in international projects that are held abroad and in Kaunas as well. Here are only a few of them:
in 2016, VMU Academic Choir “Vivere Cantus” was awarded the first place in the international choral festival “Bratislava Cantat 2016“.
In 2015, VMU national dance ensemble “Žilvitis” was awarded one of the main prizes for the best music in international culture and arts contest which was held in Turkey.
In 2013-2014 VMU 101 Gallery has implemented projects of memorial projects and exhibitions of Laisvės avenue. The latest initiative: community remembrance project: open archives of Kaunas www.atmintiesvietos.lt.
In May, 2012 Latin America’s festival was presented by the leader of Capoeira group. The festival gathered many performers and speakers who shared their own experience.
In 2011, the Arts centre participated as a partner in a festival of culture and ecology “Birštonas Green Park”. During the festival, together with partners from Germany, Malta, Turkey and Poland, an interdisciplinary project “Temple” was presented.
In 2010, the Arts centre organized a folklore festival “O kieno žali sodai”.
In 2009, the ensemble LINAGO participated in Kaunas Biennal Textile’09 together with the composer Philip Miller from the Republic of South Africa.