KAUNAS PHOTO 2021 will hold a guided tour on wheels to celebrate the World Car-Free Day

The KAUNAS PHOTO festival commemorates the European Mobility Week and invites to celebrate the International Car-Free Day on 22 September with a guided tour on wheels around the festival’s outdoor exhibitions. The organisers encourage everyone to leave their cars, grab a bicycle or electric scooter and arrive alone, with family or friends by the Kaunas Castle, where the free and open to all tour will start at 17:30. The 1,5 hour 12-kilometre low-difficulty route will visit four open-air photography exhibitions. The tour will be held by the festival’s art director Mindaugas Kavaliauskas.

In 2021, European Mobility Week theme is “Safe and Healthy with Sustainable Mobility”. It pays tribute to the hardships felt by Europe – and the world – throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. European Mobility Week culminates on 22 September with the traditional World Car-Free Day. It is not the first time that the organisers of the KAUNAS PHOTO festival have joined the campaign, encouraging people to visit exhibitions using means of transport alternative to the car.

The Tour On Wheels will visit four open-air photography exhibitions of the 18th KAUNAS PHOTO festival. At each stop, the festival art director Mindaugas Kavaliauskas will present the work of the photographers featured there.

This year’s tour will star near the Kaunas Castle (in front of A. Jakšto St. 18) with the presentation of “Grandma Divers” by Alain Schroeder (Belgium, KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2021 Finalist). Then the tour will follow the cycling path along the Nemunas riverbank to Žemieji Šančiai, where two exhibitions will be presented at the Square near A. Juozapavičiaus pr. 57: “Portraits of Quarantine” by Adas Vasiliauskas (Lithuania) and “The third phase (Paola)” by Francesco Amorosino (Italy). Then the tour will come back to the town centre and will finish at the Vienybės Square with the exhibition of the Winner of KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2021—“Growing Old” by Marna Clarke (USA).

The outdoor exhibitions of the 18th KAUNAS PHOTO festival are shown at three more locations: “Portrait of Early Generation Z” by Elena Krukonytė (Lithuania) at Draugystės Park (Kovo 11-osios St., next to the bus stop “Draugystės park”), “2031” by Uta Genilke (Germany) at Kalniečiai Park (next to Savanorių Ave.) and “RENDEZ-VOUS” by Caroline Minjolle (Switzerland) at Chechnya Square.

The outdoor exhibitions will be open until October 31. KAUNAS PHOTO 2021 exhibitions’ programme and map of  can be found here.

KAUNAS PHOTO is the longest running annual international photo art festival in Lithuania and the Baltic States. The festival founded by Mindaugas Kavaliauskas in 2004 is organized by the public institution “Šviesos raštas”. KAUNAS PHOTO is funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture as one of the strategic international art events in Lithuania.

WHAT? Tour on wheels of KAUNAS PHOTO 2021 outdoor exhibitions to celebrate the World Car-Free Day.

WHERE? Start—next to the outdoor exhibition located near the Kaunas Castle (in front of A. Jakšto St. 18), then the tour will follow the cycling path along the Nemunas riverbank to Žemieji Šančiai (to the square at A. Juozapavičiaus pr. 57), and back along the riverbank it will end at Vienybės Square.

WHEN? September 22, 2021, Wednesday, 17:30–19:00.

The event is free and open to all. The tour might be photographed / filmed for publicity purposes. For everyone’s convenience and to ensure the tour runs smoothly, the organisers kindly ask to arrive near Kaunas Castle a few minutes before the start of the event, to remember to observe the rules of polite riding and to have your bike lights on the front and the back of your bicycle.

© Photo by K. Krinickaitė.