Is identity inherited or deliberately chosen? And what does it tell us about sensitivity to other cultures? This summer, musicians, performers, composers and organisers of Vilnius' biggest summer event - the Christopher Summer Festival - will be looking for answers to these questions. The theme of this year's festival - identity - is a natural reaction to the political and social context of today's world.
This year's Christopher Summer Festival, awarded with the international quality label EFFE Label, will start on 27 June. The final concert of the Festival will take place on 5 September. Throughout the summer, the festival will share the sound of world music with the citizens and guests of Vilnius.
"The Christopher Summer Festival has always sought to reveal more of the world of music, to lift the curtain and show listeners that there are more than just pure genres and styles in music. When the boundaries between them are blurred, completely new musical layers open up," says Jurgita Murauskienė, the artistic director of the festival, introducing the slogan "More of the World of Music".
Christopher Summer Festival has a long tradition. Since 1995, it has been held annually from June to September. Throughout the summer, in addition to classical music, cross-genre world music is performed in different spaces in Vilnius, traditional concert cycles - "Hours of Sacred Music" and "Christopher's Picnics" - are organised, and listeners are invited to try out new venues and concert formats - musical breakfasts and picnics, nightly recitals, and excursion concerts.