This year a festival of professional theatres called “Zaldokynes krastas“ in Birzai is being held for the 18th time already. A conference – commemoration dedicated to famous cultural figure and theatre critic Egmontas Jansonas (1939 – 2007) will take place in the Birzai castle at 5 p.m. on the 14th of March.
The organizers of festival “Zaldokynes krastas“ – at that time the director of Birzai Cultural Centre Jonas Auriukas and a group of local businessmen. Because of their effort the cultural traditions have developed and festival became a well-known, traditional event in the region. This event stands out from other national festivals, because it is highly supported by sponsors – businessmen, individuals and companies.
According to Stase Eitaviciene, the curator and Deputy Mayor of Birzai city, from now on the festival will try to achieve higher and higher proficiency and professionalism by involving educational activities into the festival’s programme. This year during the festival a legendary play “Atzalynas” written by Kazys Binkis and an actor Donatas Banionis, who reached the age of seventy years, were honored with an educational event, led by the historian of Birzai museum Snieguole Kubiliute. Future Society institute is a social partner of the educational programme of the festival.
As stated by the director of Birzai Cultural Centre Romas Lesevičius, the strength and development of theatre festival is being proved by awards granted for the best performances of the festival. This year the best theatres presented their performances: people could have an opportunity to see “Undergrowth” by Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, “Seagull” by Oskaras Korsunovas Theatre, “Our dear Pamela” by Kaunas National Drama Theatre, “The three beloved” by the State Youth Theatre of Lithuania and other famous performances.
The closing conference had special guests – Frederikas Jansonas and Simona Jansonaite (the children of theatre critic Egmontas Jansonas), theatre critics Daiva Sabaseviciene and Helmutas Sabasevicius, theatre commentator Julijus Lozoraitis.