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"Pokrovskye Kolokola" (Pokrov Bells) is an international festival, which in a short time managed to gain great authority not only in Lithuania, but also outside it and became one of the most prestigious festivals in Lithuania. It seems like it was yesterday. The first International Folklore Festival Pokrovskye Kolokola declared itself, trying to gather professionals from different countries, broke mistrust of skeptics, won the sympathy of Vilnius discerning audience. And now the festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary.


It is not so simple to become a member of the grand folk festival: foreign teams are sending their entries, which are monitored and selected by well-known folklorists; ensembles from Lithuania are participating in the preliminary competition. This is not surprising: the festival organizers require participants to perform the high standard of professionalism, invite only real heirs of the national traditions. This is not only masters’ principled approach; such requirements are dictated by the desire to present the best examples of folk art to multinational audience. It is no coincidence that performances are held on the most prestigious stages: at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, the Orthodox and Catholic churches, museums. Today, Pokrovskye Kolokola - the only festival in Lithuania, which annually makes orders to composers to create music in the style of World music.


The festival is named in honor of the Orthodox feast - Protection of the Holy Virgin. As you know, in old times, people completed all the farm work by this autumnal time and began celebrating village festivals, weddings; fairs were held, accompanied by singing, dancing and festivities. It is exactly on 14th October, 2004 the first festival was organized. All members of our ensemble named the international festival Pokrovskye Kolokola, held in Vilnius in 2004, one of the best events we were lucky enough to take part - this review given by the team of The Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory was published in the authoritative publication Bulletin of Russian Folklore Union.
Initially, it was decided to hold the festival every two years. The second festival was held in 2006, the third in 2008. That year was a turning point in the festival history. At that time the whole country was preparing for the great event: in 2009, Vilnius was recognized the European Capital of Culture. The festival Pokrovskye Kolokola was invited to be a part of this program and proudly gained confidence of this important government program organizers. It was the time when the idea appeared to appeal to composers and try to combine the musical language of modernity with spiritual values of antiquity. So popular worldwide trend in music - World music - has not yet been sufficiently developed in Lithuania. One of the founders of such music in Lithuania is Linas Rimsha. In his works the world folklore takes fundamental place and intelligently intertwined with other musical genres and styles. The mystery Old Faith by Linas Rimsha was presented to the audience of the festival Pokrovskye Kolokola 2009 at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society, and later at the Moscow International House of Music. Leading Moscow musicians called it a breakthrough in modern music. The compact disc was published twice, and later the right to re-release the album was received by a well-known UK company ARC Music. This undeniable success has inspired the organizers to continue the started tradition. Thus were born the works of Andrey Doynikov Ethnosphere – a New Breath of Traditions, Gediminas Rimkus Rimkevičius Folk Rhapsody, Jonas Jurkūnas From This City, which with a huge success were presented at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society. The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, a group of percussionists Hand Voices, the Russian folk ensemble Arinushka and many well-known Lithuanian performers became constant partners and prime performers. And in honor of this anniversary, festival organizers will present at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society two works of the composer Linas Rimsha - Women's Song and an orchestral version of the mystery Old Faith.

Concerts of folk groups, master classes by leading experts, ethnographers, art exhibitions, photo exhibitions, trade fair of crafts, holiday culinary heritage, educational programs for schoolchildren and students, conferences, round tables, meetings, evenings of folk dance – these are all components of the festival Pokrovskye Kolokola. Particular attention the Festival organizers pay to children. It is no coincidence, because about 300 children are in the organizers’ ensemble Arinushka. Therefore, in 2011 it was decided to hold annual children's folklore Assembly, which brings together children and youth groups of different nationalities in Lithuania, which became the winners of the Republican contest Heirs of the tradition.


In ten years, in the festival participated folklore and ethnographic groups from Abkhazia, Belarus, Hungary, the Netherlands, Georgia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Russia and the republics of the Russian Federation (Adygea, Kalmykia, Mordovia, Udmurtia, Chechnya, Dagestan, Komi, Tyva, Mari El, North Ossetia-Alania), Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, Estonia.

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