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Let's create in Lithuania: Afric@LT2009

Press Release by private non-governmental organization “Kultūros artelė“/ “Culture Artfact”

16.03.2009, Vilnius

For the third year already, the NGO “Culture Artfact” is waking up Spring in a unique manner, by organising a series of creative workshops and events “Create in Lithuania 2009”. On Saturday 21 March Spring will start with “Afric@LT2009” – an educative programme of developmental cooperation intended for the cognition of cultures and cooperation of schools for the deaf. At the very heart of the Old Town of Vilnius City, at the conference hall of the 5-star hotel RAMADA VILNIUS, deaf and hard-of-hearing children from Kenya and Lithuania, their teachers, and children patronised by “Nafsi Acrobats Afrika” (a group of percussionists and acrobats) will meet in virtual space.

In addition, a charity action will take place during which one will be able to purchase the book “Mama Africa” by Eglė Aukštakalnytė-Hansen with the author’s dedication, some books published by the publishing house “Tyto Alba”, and Kenyan needlework. The collected funds will be allotted to “Little Rock” Inclusive ECD Centre / Interveners in Early Childhood Education in Kibera and Kivuli Children Centre (Nairobi, East Africa). Live broadcasting will be available on the Internet television:

PREMIERE! The musical project “Africa” by Tomas Dobrovolskis (Republic of Lithuania) with participation of the percussionists group of Panevėžys basic school of the deaf and hearing impaired (music rhythmic teacher Aldona Mikolaitienė and art director Tomas Dobrovolskis) and Plazi Halaoui (Republic of Togo, Southwest Africa) will be performed at the “Lėlė” theatre in Vilnius. The concert will start at 4.00 p.m. BILIETAI LT sells tickets to the Saturday afternoon concert for the entire family and pupils of foster homes.


Music project “Africa“: new instruments, new sounds, and new composition arrangements on the topics of the ever sunny Africa, surprises and improvisations.

“I have been travelling around Africa in my thoughts. I have been painting a picture of Africa in my imagination that contains sceneries of nature, rhythm, dance, rituals, and landscapes. This is my music, my illusion, and this is my Africa. My imagined Africa”, says Lithuanian musician, percussionist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Tomas Dobrovolskis, introducing the concept of his project.

“For me, the cooperation in this project is absolutely unexpected and very interesting”, says Plazi Halauoi, who has come to Lithuania from the Republic of Togo in Southwest Africa. “When playing music together, we discover new and very interesting consonances. Therefore, both our original compositions and authentic songs from my country sound in a new way, very interesting, and surprisingly...“

You can also contribute by donating concert tickets to pupils of children foster homes or by allotting 2% of the resident income tax.

For information and ticket booking call 118 (LTL 1.50/minute)

Sponsors: Yanos International (NL), five-star hotel “Ramada Vilnius”, UAB SK dizainas, UAB “Ermara” Translator & Interpreter Centre, Kazimieras Uoka (signatory of the Act of the 11th of March, member of Lithuanian Parliament), publishing house “Tyto Alba”, UAB Čili Holdings, Iapetus (Germany).

Premier on March 21 (Saturday) 4 p.m., Vilnius theatre "Lėlė" (Vilnius);
March 27 (Friday), 6.00 p.m., Panevėžys Culture Centre (Respublikos 40, Panevėžys);
March 28 (Saturday), 6 p.m., Small Concert Hall of the Šiauliai Arena (Jono Jablonskio 16, Šiauliai);
April 1 (Wednesday), 6.00 p.m., Anykščiai Chapel (Vilniaus 36, Anykščiai);
April 2 (Thursday), 6 p.m., Radviliškis Culture Centre (Maironio 10, Radviliškis);
April 8 (Wednesday), 6.00 p.m., the Grand Hall of VDU (Kristijono Donelaičio 58 - 3, Kaunas).

If you wish to invite the performers to your communities or city/town events, please call: 00370.659.69211. If you wish to take part in percussion lessons, please register in advance by e-mail:  Priority will be given to socially vulnerable, deaf and hard-of hearing children and youth from rural areas.

For more information please contact:
NGO “Culture Artfact”
Odeta Abromavičiūtė
GSM:                0037...       
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