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
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, Hungary, Japan, Iran, Turkey, China and many
other parts of the world.
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.