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International folklore festival "Skamba skamba kankliai" 
Conditions of participation

For foreign folklore performers



1. The organiser of Skamba skamba kankliai (hereinafter – the Festival), the Vilnius Ethnic Culture Centre (hereinafter – the Organiser), invites individuals and groups operating outside of the Republic of Lithuania, to participate in the festival on 25−28 May 2023.


2. The Festival takes place in Vilnius every year on the last week of May.


3. The Festival is attended by Lithuanian and foreign folklore groups and individual performers.


4. It is a festival for fans of authentic folklore; stylised folklore or professional groups of performers are not invited.


5. Events take place on outdoor stages, in courtyards, and building halls – in the open and closed spaces in Vilnius, as well as in other nearby cities in Lithuania (locations will be specified).


6. Events of the Festival include: Introductory Evening, Opening Ceremony, various performances on stage, Processions, Closing Ceremony, etc.


7. Performers should prepare several programmes of different durations (from 5 to 30 minutes)




8. Folklore groups or individual performers may apply for participation.

9. A participating group should consist of a maximum of 15 performers (incl. musicians, leaders, driver(s), etc.).

10. “Tourists” (members who have nothing to do with the performances of the group) are not accepted. Unfortunately, the Festival will not host them.

11. Performances must be live. Audio recordings are not allowed.

12. Groups can represent various folklore genres (songs, dances, instrumental music, rituals, crafts, etc.).

13. Each group will be accompanied by a host throughout the duration of the festival.




14. Applications are accepted by 1 February 2023 by filling out the form provided on the Festival’s website:


15. Festival fee is €50 per person, which should be transferred to the Festival’s account* after the Application is approved but no later than 1 April 2022. If the group decides to cancel participation after this date and it is not the fault of the Festival’s Organisers (for example: travel visa can’t be issued for participant/s), this fee is not refunded; if approved candidates do not pay the Festival fee until the deadline, participation of this group/performer is cancelled. The Organisers reserve the right to invite foreign performers free of charge.

16. After the Festival issues the official invitation, the Applicant must submit the following documents no later than by 1 April 2022:

  1. Group list;

  2. Technical requirements;

  3. Performance programme;

  4. Digital copy of flight booking documents (e-ticket);

  5. Digital copy of travel visas, etc.;

  6. Digital copy of insurance.

  1. Participants are responsible for international transportation, travel insurance, visa costs (if applicable), and international shipping/cargo of instruments and costumes if they are needed for the performances. Only some transport expenses inside Lithuania can be guaranteed by the organisers of the Festival.

  2. Participants need to provide a flag of their own country which will be used during the Festival Procession. If the group, ensemble, or individual Participant has any other attributes of their own (flag with the name of the group on it, etc.) it can be also used.

  3. Participants can bring some goods representing the traditional life of their country (e.g., handiwork, traditional meals, traditional instruments etc.) as souvenirs to sell. If they have their own CDs or DVDs, Participants are welcome to bring these as well. Objects for sale will be made available in the Festival booth at the Traditional Fair.




20. The members of each group will be accommodated by the Festival Organisers. The accommodation is provided from one day prior to the opening of the Festival until one day after the closing of the Festival.

21. The members of each group will have three (3) meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the duration of the Festival. Please note that the Organisers are not responsible for extra expenses; meals are covered only during the days of the Festival.




22. Participants take part in the Festival at their own risk.

23. Participants must be insured against all risks: illnesses, accidents, etc. The Festival will take no responsibility for any financial and/or other consequences regarding the above.




24. The Participants’ daily schedule will be arranged by the Organisers and given to them on the day of their arrival. Please note that small adjustments may be made during the Festival period.

25. The Organisers reserve the right to broadcast the Festival’s performances partly or in full.

26. Participants authorise the Organisers to use any performance pictures or videos taken during the Festival for the Festival’s promotion.




27. By participating in the Festival, Participants accept these conditions.

28. The leaders of groups are asked to familiarise the members of their groups with these conditions.




International Folklore Festival Skamba skamba kankliai


Director of Vilnius Ethnic Culture Centre: Ms Sandra Daugirdienė

International Participants Coordinator: Ms Vera Venckūnaitė-Čepulienė


Vilnius Ethnic Culture Centre

Pamėnkalnio g. 34

LT-01114 Vilnius,




Phone + 370 5 279 1287




Bank Payment Information

Account holder name: Vilnius Ethnic Culture Centre

Registration code of institution: 188208831

Bank name: SEB bankas, AB


Account number (IBAN): LT81 7044 0600 0150 3013

Payment purpose: Festival Skamba skamba kankliai


Please note that all banking charges should be paid by the Participant so that the amount reaching the Festival account is the exact required amount. A copy of the money transfer confirmation should be sent by email to

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