Unique in terms of genre in Lithuania and the most
enduring in the eastern Baltics, GRIEŽYNĖ International Festival
of Instrumental Folk Music is a special event held every second year in
Vilnius. It emerged in 1992 as a bodily form of an idea suggested by two
enthusiasts of instrumental folk music - composer Algirdas Klova
and Arūnas Lunys. The name of the festival - GRIEŽYNĖ -
was chosen purposefully. GRIEŽYNĖ is a dialect word for fiddle,
one of the chief folk instruments in Lithuania and in other countries.
The festival seeks to familiarise people with folk music performers,
folk instruments, and traditional music of different countries. It
purposes to demonstrate to the festival guests the authentic tradition
of Lithuanian folk music performance. GRIEŽYNĖ has already hosted
musicians from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus,
Poland, Finland, England, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Peru, Ireland, Wales,
USA, Italy, Japan, Iran, Turkey, China and many other parts of the
GRIEŽYNĖ means more than a series of folk music performances. It
includes shows of musical instruments and exhibitions of photos
featuring folk music players, or folklore documentaries presenting rich
ethnographic material on customs, musical instruments' production,
musicians, and dances.
This year "Griežynė" on its Xth anniversary pays a greater attention to
Lithuanian music, traditional bands, the youngest folk musicians and the
honour of the eldest.