1989 is the year when the International Festival of Modern Dance was organised for the first time. In 2011 the festival was renamed to AURA International Dance Festival. The festival was born in Kaunas and became the town‘s meaningful tradition that encourages popularity of contemporary dance and enriches cultural life of Lithuania. Introducing the newest trends in contemporary dance and inviting to accept challenges this festival is educating the audiences and develops the understanding of contemporary dance. By inviting more and more established masters of dance from different foreign countries, the festival strengthens the image of Lithuania abroad thus encouraging intercultural exchanges.