Kaunas Cantat is an international choir festival and competition that offers an opportunity to discover the various concert venues, rich choral tradition and daily life of Kaunas, the temporary capital of Lithuania between the two world wars. Situated at the confluence of the nation’s two largest rivers, Nemunas and Neris, the city has since the Middle Ages thrived as a multicultural centre of trade where the pulse of life is somewhat different from the rest of the country.
Unsurprisingly, Kaunas Cantat puts a particular emphasis on novel interpretation of choral music through unconventional forms of expression and other experiments. From the listener’s point of view, such attitude offers some unexpected insights into choral singing. In addition to that, a number of performances are held in ‘rediscovered’ venues, which also adds to the event’s inventiveness.
The competition is open for all kinds of choirs and all types of choral music in order to attract quality competitors from around the globe. The international jury consists of renowned choral conductors and composers from Lithuania and abroad.