“Laiptai Gallery” is a center of culture in Šiauliai, it has the folk ensemble “Salduvė”.

The folk ensemble „Salduvė“ was named by the historical mound (called a mount) Salduvė located in the eastern outskirts of Šiauliai city. The ensemble was established in 1986 where 30 ensemble members play folk music, dance and sing.

Šiauliai city is located in the central part of Lithuania, whereas its territory joins two Lithuanian ethnic regions – Aukštaitija (Higher Lithuania) and Žemaitija (Samogitia or Lower Lithuania); that is why the repertoire of „Salduvė“ includes both Higher Lithuania and Samogitian folk songs, dances, games, narratives.

Members of the instrumental group of „Salduvė“ play music on various Lithuanian national instruments: violins, bandoneon, button accordion, three-stringed double-bass, reed-pipe, goathorns, recorders, drum , tradicional percussions , wooden trampets, multi-pipes whistles etc.

„Salduvė“ promotes and maintains traditions of Lithuanian folk music and cherish experiences of old-time inhabitants of Lithuanian villages. The ensemble has also arranged a concert program of late folklore-romance pieces.

„Salduvė“ performs many concerts, promotes folklore at social events not only in Šiauliai city but also around Lithuania.

The ensemble successfully performed concerts abroad: Latvia (1993, 2005, 2008, 2013), Check Republic (1997), Hungary (1998, 2007), Great Britain (1998, 2004), Estonia (1999, 2003, 2010), Denmark (2000, 2013), Portugal (2002, 2009), Spain (2009), Slovakia (2003), Greece (2006 m.), Turkey (2008), Germany (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014).
„Salduvė“ took a part in Lithuanian radio and TV broadcasts several times, has recorded 4 music albums: „Salduvė“ (1996), „Patrepsėkim“ (2000), „Tarp aukštaičių ir žemaičių“ (2005), „Išlieti meilę lyg šaltinį“ (2007).

For excellent performance achievements the „Salduvė“ ensemble was nominated for the title of Best Lithuanian Folk Music Ensemble in 2008 and the „Golden Bird“ („Aukso paukštė“).

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There are more photos of „Salduvė“ performances in its „Facebook“ group.

Leader of the ensemble is Darius Daknys.

„Freedom to Live – to Live In Freedom“

„Why do people commit crimes? Why they can’t handle the freedom?“ – asks the Canadian playwright J.P.Rothery heroes of play „Jėga“ („Strength“). „If you loved, you were free. You hate freedom, that’s why you’re in jail“ – response the same heroes of play.

„Laiptai Gallery“ together with the Inquisition Isolator of Šiauliai and with the Correction Inspection of Šiauliai region organizes the project called „Freedom To Live – To Live In Freedom“. The artists of gallery work (painting, modeling, gluing, communicating, etc.) with people who still are imprisoned or who are released from prison, then their creative works are exhibited in „Laiptai Gallery“. The purpose of this project is to help for individuals who were or still are imprisoned to integrate and to adjust in the modern society.

In 2011, „Laiptai Gallery“ organized the exhibition of paintings, works of applied art, wood, sculptures, clay and metal made by imprisoned people who were registered in the correctional inspections of Šiauliai, Pakruojis, Radviliškis and Telšiai cities. Also on the 3rd of June there was an exhibition of art and handicraft works made by prisoners of Correction House in Pravieniškės. The title of the exhibition was „I Am Not The One Who I Was – I Am The One Who I Will Be.“

„I Draw for the Children and with Children“

„I Draw for the Children and with Children“ – is an international project which is organized by the artists of „Laiptai Gallery“ also by Lieke and Joop Biegelaar who are artists and social workers from Netherlands.

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„Winter Way of Literature“

Why it is called „Winter Way of Literature“? Because in each season of the year – in winter – it is the roughly frozen road, in spring – the thirsty fields and meadows, in summer – by the blooming fields and meadows, in autumn – after the work we are going on the roads full of pink leaves, we are going to people. And why literary? because we are going together to stay for a while with literature.

The purpose of this festival is to encourage creative citizenship of young people, the love to their native land and its people, to cherish the art of word, to foster individual style, to give an opportunity for lovers of literature to pay more attention to lesser-known or forgotten works of literature and its creators.

The 10th „Winter Way of Literature“ was produced to commemorate the 775th anniversary of Šiauliai City, so different from previous years, all the events of 2011 will be based on cycles: „Winter Way of Literature in the Middle of Winter“, „Winter Way of Literature – Echoes of Spring“, „Winter Way of Literature – Summer Chant“, „Winter Way of Literature – Autumn Elegy“, „Winter Way of Literature – through the Frozen Earth“. This will help foster creators and lovers of literature.

„Montmartre Republic of Šiauliai“

It is the 10th international project „Montmartre Republic of Šiauliai“ which is organized by Šiauliai City Culture Center „Laiptai Gallery“ – the main purpose of it is the plenary session. This is not usual plenary session in Lithuania: in the garden of „Laiptai Gallery“ professional artists from Lithuania and foreign countries are working in public – citizens and guests of the city have the opportunity to see the process of creation – also to see early works of the artist. The artist presents itself and can sell one or another work. Citizens and guests of Šiauliai City who comes to the workshop and participates in artistic actions, not only have the possibility to communicate with artists, but also can have a good time, listen to music, watch mime and live sculptures performances.


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