About "Parbeg laivelis"

The international folklore festival Parbeg laivelis is one of the largest celebrations of ethnic culture in Western Lithuania. It is arranged every second year in the port city Klaipeda. Its characteristic feature is the attention to authenticity.The main purpose of Klaipeda’s Ethnoculture Centre is to restore, to foster and to propagate the ancient Lithuanian traditions and customs. The centre is organizing traditional folklore festival “Parbėg laivelis” (“The ships are coming”) from 1992. The festival has had guests from France, Greece, Japan, India, Sweden, England, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Russia and other countries. Performers from different Lithuanian regions and abroad are invited to the festival.The international folklore Festival will take place in the historical city of Klaipeda on the Baltic seacoast. The program of our festival includes the Parade of Festival folklore groups, folk performances on squares and in the streets of Klaipeda, friendships evenings for all participants, Handicraft Market, one of the core events is solemn ferrying “Songs and dances on ferry”, workshops, etc.

Water is the axis of the massive folklore festivity; that's why the events of the festival usually move from ordinary stages and squares to the waterfront. Concerts are held near the river Dane or right in it, in the waters of the Curonian Bay, onboard the moored ships in the quays. Parbeg laivelis is listed in the festival calendar of the international folk-art organization CIOFF under UNESCO.


In the port city Klaipeda organized festival gathers authentic folklore artists and enthusiasts from different countries.


See you in Klaipėda!




Festival guests from India Durgesh Kanwal (tabla, darbuka and percussion), Kartikeya Vashisht (Bamboo Flute, Jew’s Harp and verious wind Instruments).

Both artists professionaly promote classical instrumental Indian music.




The festival guests from Georgia – Giorgi Mtacmindeli university student choir.

Repertoire of the group includes traditional Georgian folk songs and traditional holy singing.



The folk group „GRUPO FOLCLÓRICO DE COIMBRA“ (Portugal).

It is a cultural association that aims to collect, research, restore and revive traditional customs and arts of Coimbra and the surrounding area, particularly in the fields of poetry, music, dance and costumes/outfits.


Folk group GUDA from Belarus

GUDA’ is one of the most famous folk groups of Belarus. The basis of ‘GUDA’s repertoire consists of ritual songs and folk dancing. Nowadays many songs and dancing from the group’s repertoire are out of everyday use already - they have been renewed by ‘GUDA’ group members according to note records during folk expeditions and communication with folk traditions keepers.



The folk group HUGNAD UL“ from Norway.

Group members are dancers, and many of them are also playing instruments. Leader of goup Martin Myhr is famous traditional norwegian dances expert.


The folk group “I PICCIOTTI DI MATARO" festival guests from sunny Sicily (Italy).

Group members is the ancient sicilian traditions promoters which are waiting attention of festival audience.



Folklore group „SUITU SIEVAS“ (Latvia) international folklore festival „Parbėg laivelis" guest.

Folk group Suitu sievas is one of the most popular and sought-after folk groups in Latvia with 19 participants of all ages representing very rich cultural heritage which (Suiti Cultural Space) is included in UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2009.



Folk froup KORALI from Ukraine performs traditional folk songs of various Ukrainian regions and organizes practical seminars of traditional singing and choreography.



Folk group ROMODA (Russia).

Group promote tradicional Russian singing.

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