Birštonas Resort Festival welcomes with 'Be, Birštonas!' slogan

2019/06/05 Press release

On 7-9 June, Birštonas will celebrate its traditional resort festival and this year's slogan is 'Be, Birštonas!'. 

The organisers are preparing the programme abundant of events combinung three elements of nature: air, water and earth. On the celebration weekend, Birštonas will invite to over 50 entertainment, cultural, sports and educational events. 

'Birštonas resort festival is one of the most important events for us, symbolising also the beginning of summer season – it is a deep-rooted tradition important not only in sustaining but also to bringing new colours into it every year. I am happy to see Birštonas community, businessmen, teams of various institutions, public organisations making their active contributions to the resort festival – all together we are creating this shared experience and celebrating with our full might. Therefore, this year's slogan is not an invitation, it is a wish:  'Be, Birštonas!' I would like to invite to join our celebration, because everyone will find something to their taste in the programme', invited Birštonas Mayor Nijolė Dirginčienė. 

Biplan, Jurga, Jonis, Rafailas Karpis, Kaunas big band with Povilas Meškėla, and other will perform on stage

Birštonas resort festival will start with the events on Thursday, while, following the tradition, the festive parade will announce the main opening of the festival. Parade participants are invited to dress in blue symbolising the loops of the River Nemunas, mineral water springs, fresh air and environmental performance. Rich music programme will be opened on Friday's night by the concert of the State wind instrument orchestra 'Trimitas' with soloist Rafailas Karpis. It will be followed by singer Jurga who will perform her best songs. 

On Saturday, music lovers will be entertained by music cocktail served by wind band 'The Brass Bees' of Kaunas University of Technology, while 'Jonis' and performances by twin towns-partners of Birštonas – 'Aipra' (Azerbaijan) and 'Joldija' (Nida) – will not leave you bored. 

Saturday's evening programme is also full of music experiences. Church of St. Anthony of Padua will host a sacral music evening with chant group 'De Profundis', while a feast will wait at the Summer stage. Kaunas big band with Povilas Meškėla, music project 'Back to the Roots' with Baiba Skurstene and Biplan band will perform on the stage. 

In the sky and on the water: championships of hot air balloons and water motorcycles

During the annual festival, the sky will be coloured by the participants of the Lithuanian hot air balloons championship 'Birštonas Cup 2019' for the whole weekend. Expected number of hot air balloons is 35, therefore miraculous views are guaranteed. Hot air balloons will be up in the sky from Thursday's evening until Sunday's morning, twice a day – early in the morning and in the evening. According to the championship organisers, people will be able not only to watch but also to have ride. The main prerequisite is favourable weather. 

On the banks of the River Nemunas, near Birštonas, the first round of the Lithuanian water motorcycle championship 2019 will join the festival. Sportsmen not only from Lithuania but from neighbour countries as well will make the waves. 

Festival combining rest with active entertainment

Various sports and active leisure events will take place in Birštonas for all three days of the festival. Late, on Friday's evening, when all lit objects in the resort will be visible, the orienteering game 'Illuminated Birštonas' will start. Early Saturday's morning, health promotion workouts at Kneipas garden and town stadium, morning yoga with Justinas at Vytautas Mineral SPA summer terrace, callanetics workout next to Eglė Spa will not let you stay in bed till late. Central town park will have invite families with children for active recreation all day on Saturday. 

'Birštonas picnic' dedicated to the Year of Lithuanians of the World

On Sunday, Vytautas park in Birštonas will invite to an interesting picnic, the theme of which was dictated by the Year of Lithuanians of the World. Emigrants are gradually coming back to their home town Birštonas, young people from other cities are planning their future here. It gave an idea to organise a joint picnic for global Birštonas residents, people originating from Birštonas land, loving Birštonas, scattered all over the world and making their own peculiar contributions to the growth of 'Global Birštonas'. A joint discussion of the discourse festivals - 'Būtent!' ('Exactly') and 'City Alumni Birštonas' – will be held at the picnic, while Tourism information centre and Čiulba Ulba space will entertain families with children.

Full programme of the festive events of 'Be, Birštonas' is available here.

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Birštonas is a unique Lithuanian resort set in the loops of the River Nemunas. Ninety percent of Birštonas Municipality territory belongs to the Regional Park of the Nemunas Loops, while mineral water extracted from the underground is the key promoter of life and growth of Birštonas resort.
Unique natural resources and fascinating beauty of the landscape have been alluring holidaymakers to Birštonas and its environs since old times. Green forests in the Nemunas loops witnessed royal hunting, when the hunting horn of Vytautas the Great invited royal family members of the then Europe for hunt in Žvėrinčius woods. 
Birštonas is a resort of international health promotion services in Lithuania, famous for its unique nature, Nemunas loops, mineral water and royal roots. The resort is awarded with natural riches: mineral water springs, curative mud, pure air and health-friendly climate. The resort is proud of its mineral water rich in bromine that gained recognition and evaluation in Europe. 

Contact details:

Birštonas Mayor's Adviser 
Rimantė Kurkauskaitė
Phone (8 319) 62 000
Email: [email protected]
www.birstonas.lt
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