Blue Drum celebrates Ireland’s EU Presidency in a project "Šanciai Friendly Zone", which engages ‘small’ culture in Kaunas, Lithuania and encounters the resilience of local communities.
Šanciai, Kaunas Lithuania, 24th to 27th June, 2013
Six Irish artists and researchers travel to Lithuania as part Blue Drum’s international “City (Re)Searches: Experiences of Publicness” project. Fiona Woods, John Mulloy, Vagabond Reviews (Ailbhe Murphy and Ciaran Smyth), Niall O'Baoill and Niall Crowley have been invited to engage with an unique neighbourhood in Kaunas called Šanciai for a four-day programme of activities with its citizens. Housed in a large inflatable pop-up, the four day City(Re)Searches: Experiences of Publicness process will develop as a series of conversations, performances and presentations with local residents, artists and researchers.
The Project is an initiative of Blue Drum (IE), Kaunas Biennial (LT) and Community Arts Partnership (NI). Other artists include: Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas(LT), Jeanne van Heeswijk (Netherlands), Mary Jane Jacob (USA), Susanne Bosch (Germany), Fernando Marques Penteado (Brazil). The group is supported by Eleanor Phillips and Ed Carroll as well as local artists and researchers: Vita Gel?nien?, Auks? Petrulien?, J?rat? Jarulyt?, Monika Žaltauskait? Grašien?, Kotryna Valiukevi?i?t?, Arnas Stramskas, Victorija Rusinait?, Dionizas Bajar?nas, and Gediminas 'Skrandis' Banaitis.
City (Re)Searches is funded by the EU Culture Programme, the Culture Ministry of the Republic of Lithuania, Kaunas Municipality and Culture Ireland’s programme to celebrate Ireland’s EU Presidency.