ROLLING ANGELS EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2022
in 2022, Lithuania's second largest city, Kaunas, will take over the title of European Capital of Culture. On that occasion, the years leading up to the great culmination of 2022 will offer a packed and inspiring program with various artistic and cultural initiatives and projects. Marit Benthe Norheim has been invited to contribute to the project with a number of artistic activities. The result has been an art project that, on the one hand, builds on the Kaunas region's distinctive history, identity and needs, and also on the other hand, will offer renewed reflection and dialogue and add artistic, Nordic input to the area.
The Rolling Angels will be in Linksmakalnis all year round 2021-2022, where they will travel around the area and visit and occupy squares and towns, where they will tell the locals and guests angel stories and help warm Linksmakalnis up to Kaunus 2022
Linksmakalnis started as a German-owned mansion that became a village, then transformed into a secret military town during the Soviet occupation and is now - after the Russian soldiers withdrew in 1993 - a small town without a fixed local identity and full of the shadows of the past.
"The project aims to create a unique art experience of high artistic quality such as;
Generates insight into and invites reflection on Linksmakalnis ’history, values and identity. Based on Linksmakalnis 'and Kaunas' need for new artistic input and renewal and invites dialogue and exchange beyond both the village and Lithuania's borders. Involves the residents of the Kaunas district directly in the art experience and creates unity and community across social boundaries. And constitutes a Danish / Nordic contribution to the program for Kaunas as European Capital of Culture in 2022. "
The Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
CITYTELLING FESTIVAL KAUNAS OCTOBER21:
- Rolling Angels Kaunas storytelling festival Photos by Lukas Kazakevičius
Next week we are opening a CityTelling Festival, and angels will be part of two performances. One of them will be at the opening day of the festival (7th of October), they will form a procession on the main street in Kaunas Laisvės alvenue. On the 9th of October they will be part of the performance in Linksmakalnis: https://istorijufestivalis.eu/en/#programme
dr. Daiva Citvarienė, Curator, program “Memory Office“ I Kuratorė, programa „Atminties biuras“, Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022 I Kaunas – Europos kultūros sostinė 2022
7. OKTOBER 2021
Rolling Angels is rolled through the village of Linksmakalnis outside Kaunas, along with an international team of artists in a contemporary circus show "Radio Angels: Arrival".
- Photo: Andrius Aleksandravičius
5. september 2021
HUMAN-SIZED ANGELS SETTLED IN THE FORMER SECRET MILITARY TOWN
www.15min.it, Lithuanian news site (select translation)
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An interview of Marit Benthe Norheim by Lina Kukyté, from KAUNAS2022 team
How did Lithuania discover you and how did you discover Lithuania?
Dr. Daiva Citvarienė Curator, for the program “Memory Office“ was in Dresden in February
2020 to do a talk about Kaunas22 in a seminar related to the 75th commemoration of the bombing of Dresden. When she saw my Rolling Angels, she said that she suddenly understood the deeper reason for her to come to Dresden; to bring the Rolling Angels to Linksmakalnis!
"I hope that by making and doing art projects that are so unexpected, people will have to use their associations and share experiences in the public space that makes them have to relate to each other in different ways than they normally do."
Marit Benthe Norheim
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The project is supported by: The Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania