Jauna Muzika, one of Lithuania’s oldest festivals dedicated to artists working with sound and music as a form of experimental art, celebrates its 30th annual edition in Vilnius, 14–18 September 2022. The program centres around this year's main theme, Actions, and their historical, philosophical and scientific interpretations.
Within the festival, the concept is conveyed through sound experience, since sound production is directly related to action, reaction and proactivity. Each work in the programme is a set of actions that correspond to today’s realities.
“Six months ago, Russia launched full-scale war against Ukraine, and this is the reality in which Ukrainians live, the reality to which European countries cannot close their eyes and just wait for the end,” says Kateryna Alymova, the Ukrainian cultural manager and artistic director of the festival.
“Current events require action from everyone. And I truly believe that our deeds are building the trajectories and paths for our future. This was the main idea of the festival this year. Through sound experiments, we will see how actions influence our lives, what happens in the periods between the actions and how they affect further trajectories of movement.”
The programme ranges from experimental noise works and ensemble improvisations to electroacoustic pieces for vocal ensembles, audio-visual works, and special electronic music programmes created by Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Swedish and British composers and musicians.
About the festival
Jauna Muzika Festival presents artists working with sound and music as a form of experimental art. Founded in 1992, it is one of the oldest music festivals in Lithuania. As the concept of music changed, so did the festival itself, including its main goals and sometimes its name.
Photos by Tomas Terekas