International Folklore Festival BALTICA is one of the most significant of its kind in the Baltic States. Every year, since 1987, in accordance with interstate agreement, it has been held in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in turn. In 2024 the event will take place in Lithuania. The festival is included in the official list of events of CIOFF©.
BALTICA gathers about 2000 participants of 10–12 guest folklore groups from different parts of the world and of Lithuania regions.
The aim of the festival is to promote cultural contacts and friendship with various nations, to preserve, to revive and to develop intangible cultural heritage, national and local traditions.
BALTICA incorporates a wide variety of cultural aspects: traditional songs, dances, instrumental music, customs, unique arts and crafts, handmade articles and traditional cuisine. For that purpose, the Lithuanian organizers build a small Festival Town with a stage for the performances of folk groups, areas for demonstration of traditional crafts and foods fair. Each country is assigned time slots to present their culture.
The festival consists of different types of events: gala and chamber concerts, creative workshops, parades, short performances, video presentations, etc. Festival activities take place both in cities (concert halls, open–air stages in parks, streets) and in countryside.
International Folklore Festival BALTICA will be held in Lithuania on 28 of June – 2 of July, 2024.
The activities are planned to take place in the capital city of Lithuania – Vilnius as well as in other cities and countryside.
In 2024 the theme of the festival in Lithuania will be Ritual, which features customs and rites related to the exceptional and everyday moments of human life, calendar holidays, agriculture, crafts, other work cycles, ways to strengthen physical and mental health, etc.