Tuesday 2011 June 21 – photos and programme (LT)

10:00 Presentation of Juškai museum
11:30 Workshop in Juškai museum with Vida Sniečkuvienė
14:30 Vilkijos youth amateur theatre “VIZIJA” performance
 19:00 Presentation of “Galvok Žaliai” (“Think in green”) + workshop

We started Tuesday with the evaluation of all our Monday activities.

While we were discussing our experiences and thoughts, our bus was heading to Vilkija. After the arrival we visited the Juškai Museum, where we spent some time listening to Vida Sniečkuvienė who worked there. She told us the story of Anthony and John Mockas who had lived in Vilkija in the 19th century in the building we were sitting in. Despite all the difficulties they had had to face, Mockas brothers had worked very hard to preserve Lithuanian language and local traditional songs, legends and dances. Apparently so does Mrs. Sniečkuvienė, although she does not admit that. When she sang us a few songs which were preserved thanks to Mockas brothers’ work, we discovered that our Lithuanian friends did not know the songs before. That led to the discussion about preserving local traditions: how to do it properly? who should be responsible for that? how do ideologies influence the process? and, last but not least, what to do when the person who started the process and who seems to be the only responsible for it, passes away?

After the discussion, when we examined the exhibition, we participated in the workshop led by Mrs Sniečkuvienė. We learnt how to make birds from the straws according to the local folk tradition.

After the workshop and after the lunch we went to see the performance of Vilkijos youth amateur theatre “Vizija”. The group presented on stage the legend about how the city of Vilnus was founded. Before the play was presented, the director stressed the accuracy of reconstructed medieval clothing and jewelry of the actors and actresses, saying it was based on recent archeological research. However, it seemed that for various technical and financial reasons the costumes were not entirely accurate. Thus, it was really interesting that stressing the accuracy had been important to the group and that they had tried to remain as historically accurate as possible. Apparently costumes were supposed to be something more than just symbols of enigmate “ancient times”: they were the local way of reclaiming historical tradition.

We enjoyed the performance a lot, and so we did the discussion with the actors and with the director afterwards. We were really impressed with their work. We discussed it for quite a long time in the bus, when we left Vilkijos, heading to Birštonas.

Written by Małgorzata J. Adamczyk (PL)

 

After the performance of Vilkijos youth amateur theatre “Vizija” we travelled to Birštonas farmstead “Punios aidas” near the River Nemunas. The place was really nice and cozy, I think everybody liked it. Participants had some free time to settle in and then we had our dinner – shish kebabs (in Lithuanian
šašlykai).

After the dinner we had presentation of non formal organization “Galvok žaliai” (“Think in green”). The presentation was really short and everybody was unhappy about that, because they do a lot of interesting thong and they didn’t talk about that. Next we had a workshop during which we had to do something beautiful and nice from the newspapers. Members form “Galvok žaliai” organization showed that from old newspapers we can do something interesting and new.  Some participants enjoyed the workshop and for some, I think, it was a bit boring. The most important thing was that during this workshop everybody was talking with each other in different topics. For examples I had a very interesting conversation with British group about education system in UK, the practice of organizing the lectures, etc.

After this relaxing workshop we finished our second day of study trip and had some good time communicating with each other.

Written by Greta K-M. (LT)

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