The main event will take place in a former metal factory, currently a kart racing hall, in the very centre of Kaunas at Kaunakiemio st. 5. The shabby walls of the former plant hide impressively vast spaces, while the array of square windows allows the sun rays and the shadows inside the grey surroundings.
The experimental and electronic music event idea was offered to the team of Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022 during their programme open call. Modernist architecture revival is one of the key elements of the programme of the Capital of Culture; we decided to combine the dense urban network and spectacular locations with the forward-thinking music spectrum we believe in. Optimism is a word that pretty much defines the aims and ambitions of the builders, architects, businessmen and artists before WW2 – and we really like their spirit.
As we aim at pan-European context, we decided to use the Esperanto language rather than English for the name of our festival; coincidentally, the founder of the artificial language once lived in Kaunas and met his wife here. Thus it’s OPTIMISMO rather than optimism.
Kaunas, the second city in Lithuania, is a mid-size city dating back to the Medieval times. Its golden era, however, is considered the interbellum period. By chance, Kaunas became the temporary capital of Lithuania, as Vilnius belonged to another country before the Soviet occupation. In 20 years, the city grew 7 times, and the majority of its new body consisted of modernist architecture buildings, private, public and industrial. The modernist urban network was neglected during the occupation and, in recent years, is being embraced by both architecture and heritage professionals and regular citizens. Modernism for the Future is a great programme accumulating various creative initiatives aimed at boosting the faith and love for heritage that surrounds us. In 2022, we hope to finally get accepted in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Supported by Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022, the festival is organised by a joint team of experienced music and event professionals. Part of it is Digital Tsunami, an electronic music label and an organisation behind the DT CAMP events. Another crew represented in Optimismo is Ghia, an industrial culture collective based in Kaunas.
Yes, the festival is going to witness its first edition in 2022. Optimismo was motivated by Modernism for the Future, an architecture heritage programme of Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022. We gathered a team and wrote a proposal for an open call for architecture-inspired music events in Kaunas for 2022. Since our proposal got approved, we have been developing the concept of Optimismo and polishing it for the inaugural event.
The musical part of our programme will consist of the most intriguing players in the global fields of experimental and electronic music. The performances will be highlighted by state-of-the art scenography and lighting.
Yes, there will be bars and no, you cannot bring your own liquids inside the event territory. The bars won’t sell any tobacco or cigarettes.
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While pets are fun to see at festivals, we strongly believe loud rhytmic music can seriously harm their health. Please, find a sitter.
The main evening event is N18.
As the festival will be held in June, no, you won’t need your winter jacket.
Lithuania has great mobile network coverage and cheap mobile plans, so you will be just fine with your own data. Besides, who needs internet in a good music event, anyway?
Yes, but keep in mind that you might have to queue.