Have you ever heard about Christopher Festival?
Christopher Festival is the largest and one of the most impressive summer music festivals that held in Lithuania since 1995. In July and August, over 40 original concert events are presented to the public. You can join the event that takes place in Vilnius or other regions of Lithuania.
This festival does not easily fit into any stylistic frame – its motto being “all genres are good, except the boring ones”. So, alongside classical music masterpieces there’s jazz, world music, experimental projects, and traditional music cycles.
This year Latin Grammy winners Sone Del Nene will take you to intoxicating Cuba and prove that everyone can dance. Gypsy jazz guitar virtuoso Joscho Stephan fires off musical sparks at such speeds that music critics recommend his audiences to “sit down and buckle up” when they come to his concerts. The phenomenal trumpet player Pacho Flores will play as many as ten (!) trumpets at one concert, while the young vocal star Jomantė Šležaitė will unveil the stunning beauty of Lithuania singing the most beautiful of melodies.
As per tradition, every Tuesday the resonant sounds of the organ will be heard at St Casimir’s Church, played by the most renowned performers including Gail Archer (USA), Andrzej Chorosinski (Poland), Luca Ratti (Italy), Hamfried Lucke (Austria), Karolina Juodelytė (Lithuania), and others.
This is an excellent opportunity to combine different fields – music, history and architecture – and see the concerts themselves in a different light.
Location: Vilnius and other regions of Lithuania
When: between July and August
Insider Tip: July and August gets insanely busy so if you are planning to join the festival, I highly recommend to book your accommodations and transport in advance. Believe it or not, transport and hotels book out months in advance during this period so better to plan in advance.