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Events in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - Saturday, February 29, 2020

Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, welcomes visitors with a Light Festival and various cultural events happening throughout January and February. The city of Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, offers an atmospheric winter getaway with many exciting winter events.

Here are some of the most notable Vilnius events to experience the start of 2020 surrounded by lights, history, music and art.

January 9, Vilnius, Lithuania. The winter blues are a common phenomenon – it’s quite normal to feel a bit down and lethargic in the face of short, dark days without a hint of sunlight to raise the spirits. The weeks leading up to Christmas offer at least some cheer – there are parties, festive lights and family fun to enjoy. But when the decorations are taken down, the waistlines have expanded and the New Year’s fireworks have fizzled out, the months of January and February can be tough ones to endure.

1. Vilnius Light Festival (Jan 24-26). The romantic, cobblestoned streets of the old town come to life during the Vilnius Light Festival. “Bridges and churches, squares and sculptures – light will play with them and with the audience,” the organizers claim. Last year’s event was an impressive spectacle, with 26 interactive displays of dazzling light art – created by artists from several countries – illuminating the historical city’s architecture in creative and awe-inspiring ways. The light festival coincides with the 697th anniversary of the founding of the Lithuanian capital. On January 25th, 1323, Gediminas, the Grand Duke of Lithuania, wrote a letter inviting craftsmen, merchants, knights and farmers from Christian countries to come and practice their trades and faith freely in Pagan Lithuania. “We will continue the mission of Gediminas started 697 years ago – he invited guests to the capital in his letters, while we will invite them using lights,” said Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius.

2. Short Film Festival (Jan 16-19). For those who prefer to eschew the snowy streets for cozy, indoors activities, January and February in Vilnius also feature the Vilnius International Short Film Festival, showcasing the newest and best short films from all around the world. According to the organizers, the festival has become a “unique platform in Lithuania, screening not only European but worldwide professional short films presented by an upcoming generation of talented filmmakers.”

3. Modern Art Museum – 1990s exhibition (up to Feb 23) and Jonas Mekas exhibition (up to Aug 16). To get a true taste of modern-day Lithuania, the newly-built Mo Museum is a modern art museum and an architectural wonder – a sleek, angular design with a minimalist white exterior. The exhibition The Origin of Species: 1990s DNA will be taking place in January and February, offering a fascinating insight into the first decade of independence from the USSR. The 1990s in Lithuania was a period of chaos, freedom and the rebirth of a nation – the exhibition captures the euphoric nature of these new beginnings and the complexity of change. If you want to understand what makes Lithuania and Lithuanians what they are today, this exhibition is a must for your winter visit to Vilnius. While at the museum, visitors should make sure to also visit the exhibition of the late, great Lithuanian artist Jonas Mekas. Called Mekas Winks Better, the exhibition consists of still shots from video footage shot by Mekas during the 1960s and 1970s, with prominent figures like Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, John Lennon and Elvis Presley in them.

Vilnius offers a rich and varied cultural calendar for anyone wishing to escape the post-Christmas blues, alongside the fairytale setting of its famous oldtown streets and rooftops covered in a blanket of white.


Go Vilnius is the official tourism and business development agency of the City of Vilnius. The agency provides visitors, investors, relocating talent, entrepreneurs and businesses with all the essential information they need to know about the Lithuanian capital. Go Vilnius offers information on everything from real estate to leisure activities in Vilnius, simplifying the process of travelling, relocating to, or investing in Vilnius.

For more information please contact:
Gintarė Kavaliūnaitė, Public Relations Manager
Phone: +370 617 45202
Email: [email protected]
Go Vilnius | the Official Development Agency of the City of Vilnius


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