Friday, 25 July 2014

Have A Seat By The Neris River In Vilnius

What to do when people gather and sit on the flood plain concrete that lines the Neris River? Dig a bunch of the squares out and replace them with brightly-colored seats. Genius!

The setting, the flood embankment along the river.

If people are going to come sit, let's make accommodations. 

Maybe the seats are left over from an old arena. Maybe it's an art project. It's definitely a good way to have a little riverside fun.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Lithuanian Dance Festival Performance

Imagine taking all the marching bands in Texas, getting them together at the Cotton Bowl and then putting them in some sort of traditional dress. Instead of performing marching numbers, each band does a giant polka or square dance. Now imagine it's all in Lithuanian.

Welcome to a the day of dance at the Lithuanian Song Festival - "Šokių Diena" at "Dainų Šventė." It's been a tradition for decades and is currently held every four years. Luckily, we were here to see it!

Here comes one group, ready with long banners.

The men, dancing furiously in curved lines.

Time for interpretive textiles.

The big finale, all groups on the field at once. Impressive!