This year, the Christopher Summer Festival is coming into its 25th summer season. When celebrating this kind of anniversary, you would normally say ALREADY 25. But we're taking a different approach. We are JUST 25, and there's still a lot ahead for us.
The future starts from history, so many are intrigued “what's this Christopher, why Christopher?” We have heard many original answers, yet everything is actually quite simple and at the same time, somewhat poetic.
Christopher was born in 1995. The name of the festival comes from Saint Christopher, the patron saint of travellers and Vilnius. So the essence of the Christopher Summer Festival is already encrypted in its title – a broad musical panorama, and a sense of belonging to Vilnius. These two factors have determined the musical spectrum, and the desire to show-off the capital's beauty by organising concerts in courtyards, churches, on the river and in the sky, from the very first years since its inception...
This summer, performances will take place on firm ground, but there will be plenty of novelties: from the chance to be a concert art director to musical breakfasts, from making an acquaintance with Stanisław Moniuszko to the stories of Hans Christian Andersen. But there's also the new faces, unexpected combos and well-established traditions.
We are very happy to be with you, so let's celebrate by gearing up for music, with a flourish! So let's celebrate by taking spoonfuls of music, all summer long!
The Christopher Summer Festival welcomes its 23rd summer having received exceptional international acclaim – the EFFE Label. It is awarded for artistic quality, innovation, for including the local community and raising interest across Europe and the world. The jury commission recognised the Christopher Summer Festival for embodying “European spirit, because of its management, program, values and collaborations and the strength of the Festival is its openness to audiences all around Lithuania and its innovative dimension”.
Having found itself among the finest in Europe, this year the Christopher Summer Festival will be a part of the EFFE international media campaign, inviting audiences to intriguing appearances and popularising Lithuania’s name across the world.
Spanning but a few concerts in the capital’s churches and courtyards 24 years ago, today the Christopher Festival invites audiences to over 40 different events in July and August, and ranks among Europe’s finest.
Aside from the awards it received in 2017, it was also a recipient of the international mark of quality, the EFFE Label. This Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe prize is awarded for artistic quality, innovation and involvement of the local community, creating interest in Europe and the world.
However, from its very inception, the Christopher Festival’s greatest value has been the discoveries made by its audiences. It introduces them to the world’s most interesting musicians under the vaulted ceilings of fine churches, under the summer sky, in ornate manors and in the surrounds of nature. The festival demonstrates just how powerful the limitless imagination of musicians can be, broadening our horizons.
The Christopher Festival is the first to open up new performance spaces in the capital. Some have become an integral part of where Vilnius locals spend their leisure time – such as St Catherine’s Church and the Vilnius University Botanical Gardens (Kairėnų St). This year we will be introduced to the industrial side of town at the VGTU LinkMenų Fabrikas, where we will feel as if we’re at a vibrant New York loft party.
But this is just a fraction of what we would like to share with you, trusting that the Christopher Festival will be a source of inspiration and good emotions for the new season.
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