This November, the contemporary music festival Iš arti will host the 2nd Baltic Music Days (BMD) in Kaunas (06.11. – 19.11.2022)Iš arti is an integral part of the culture scene in Kaunas. It was founded in 2009 by the Chairwoman of Lithuanian Composers’ Union department of Kaunas, Zita Bružaitė alongside local composers and musicians. The festival dedicated to Baltic contemporary classical music was initiated by the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Composers’ Unions in 2019 with the launch of the Baltic Contemporary Music Network. This year the theme reflects the host festival’s name Iš arti/UP-CLOSE (eng. translation.) to amplify the nuances in Latvian, Lithuanian, and Estonian music while perceiving our cultural camaraderie and fellowship.

Baltic Music Days / Iš arti ‘UP-CLOSE’ 2022 is co-organized by the Baltic Contemporary Music Network and Iš arti. Sponsors of the festival are Lithuanian Council for Culture and Lithuanian Composers’ Union. Festival partners are Kaunas State Philharmonic, Latvian and Estonian Composers’ Union. Baltic Music Days 2023 will take place in Latvia.