The Venue


Map with most important locations for symposium participants

Weather Conditions in the Region

In Klaipėda, the summers are comfortable and partly cloudy. Sometimes it can be really windy and rain is also frequent guest (the average rainy days in July is 8).

Average temperature in Klaipeda.

Klaipeda – Average temperatures
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Min (°C) -3 -4 -1 3 7 11 14 14 10 6 2 -2
Max (°C) 1 1 4 10 16 18 21 21 17 12 6 3
Min (°F) 27 25 30 37 45 52 57 57 50 43 36 28
Max (°F) 34 34 39 50 61 64 70 70 63 54 43 37

Local Currency

The currency in Lithuania is Euro.

Almost everywhere you can use your Credit/Debit Card too.

Klaipeda City Buses

The tickets are sold the in kiosks of company “Lietuvos spauda” and in the office of the PI “Klaipėdos keleivinis transportas”. Here single ticket costs 0,8 Eur, 1 day ticket – 3 Eur, 3 days ticket – 7 Eur, 7 days ticket – 11 Eur. Single tickets (1 Eur) you can buy also in any bus.

In July 23th-25th bus transport will be free because of annual sea festival

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Food in Klaipeda

There are few places near the Klaipėda University (place of Symposium), where you can have your breakfast or dinner:

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Some popular places in Old Town:

Etno Dvaras:


31st Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology is hosted by the Department of Ethnomusicology at Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in partnership with Klaipėda University, The Council for the Safeguarding of Ethnic Culture, The Ethnic culture center at Klaipeda city Municipality, and The Lithuanian Ethnic Culture Society.



The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA) is an internationally recognised higher education institution which trains artists for a professional career in music, theatre, dance and film and offers related theoretical studies. Founded in 1933, the Academy currently hosts about 1,000 students in three study cycles – Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral – in its three faculties, two of which are based in Vilnius, one in Klaipėda.

Department of Ethnomusicology

Department of Ethnomusicology in LMTA is established in 1989 and conducts a study program in Musical Folklore (Ethnomusicology), which prepares a wide range of ethnomusicologists.  Study subject – Lithuanian and world ethnic musical and dance traditions, as well as its various contexts. Students are provided not only with theoretical knowledge, but also practical skills (singing, polyphonic chanting, musicing, dancing, transcribing, etc.).

The students with Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Humanities and Social sciences with sufficient musical background are accepted in Master’s program of the Department. The joint (LMTA, The Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, Vilnius University) PhD in Ethnology was launched in 2011.

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KLAIPĖDA UNIVERSITY – the place of the 31st Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology

Klaipėda University is a multidisciplinary educational institution, a national and Baltic Region leader in the field of marine sciences and studies integrated into international academic networks, fosterer of cultural heritage, and a centre for lifelong learning. Established on 1 January 1991, Klaipėda University started with three faculties; currently, its academic provision is delivered by three faculties and three research and study institutes. The University has about 4,000 students. Over 34633 students have graduated from that Alma Mater, including doctors of sciences, members of the Seimas and the Government, executives of large companies, engineers, prominent cultural figures, performers, and educators.

Over 60 scientific research laboratories, a research vessel – laboratory Mintis, a research and training sailboat Brabander, and a yacht Odyssey as integral parts of the KU marine research infrastructure play an important role in the University research activities; the KU community have access to under half a million copies of documents in the library funds; the University has its own publishing house and a botanical garden. The infrastructure is sufficient for the successful development of international level cultural activities, fundamental and applied research, and research and development projects in the fields of the humanities, physical, biomedical, technological, and social sciences.

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31st Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology will take place in two KU buildings (within 700 meters)

1st Venue – KU conference hall AULA  (old building). Address: Herkaus Manto g. 84.

2nd Venue – KU conference hall AULA MAGNA  (new building). Address: Herkaus Manto g. 90–2.


The Council for the Safeguarding of Ethnic Culture was established on 21 August 2000 pursuant to the Framework Law on State Safeguarding of Ethnic Culture adopted by the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania.

The Council is an expert and advisor to the Seimas and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania on strategic issues of state safeguarding and policy development of ethnic culture and protection of intangible cultural heritage, helping to ensure the implementation of state safeguarding of ethnic culture embedded in the national legal system of the Republic of Lithuania and to promote the development of ethnic culture. The aim of the Council is to strengthen state safeguarding of ethnic culture, preserve the national self-awareness and ensure the viability of ethnic culture and the equal participation of Lithuania in the cultural life of world nations.

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The Ethnic culture center at Klaipeda city Municipality

During the 31st Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology social dances and other cultural events will take place in the evenings at the Ethnic Culture Center at Klaipėda City Municipality,  Daržų st. 10.

Center was established in 1991. Its mission – to foster the ethnic, Lithuanian culture in Klaipėda, spread the traditions of this region across Lithuania and abroad.

The main activities of Center are related with traditional calendar holidays: organizing a cycle of events to celebrate Advent – Christmas, Shrovetide, Easter, St. John’s Day (Middsumer day), All Souls’ Day. The Center also organizes the holidays for children, gatherings of traditional dances and songs, teaching antique handicrafts, folk concerts, lectures and other educational events.

Since 2007, the Center, every second year, organizes an international folklore festival “Parbėg laivelis”, which is included in the CIOFF (an international folk art organization with the UNESCO) festival calendar. Since 2017, the Center also organizes an international, non-material cultural heritage festival “Lauksnos”, which represents the traditional culture elements safeguarded by UNESCO – masterpieces of national spoken and musical culture and folk art.

The Lithuanian Ethnic Culture Society

The Lithuanian Ethnic Culture Society is a non-governmental organization, which was founded in 1989, has a mission – to organize activities bringing together all those who contribute to the preservation and safeguarding of Lithuanian intangible cultural heritage.

The members of the Society take part in: folklore clubs, ensembles and traditional calendar festivals; promoting traditional crafts, folk arts and dialects; awareness raising, looking for synergies between intangible cultural heritage and cultural tourism, education, etc.  

In 2002, the Society gave birth to the Traditional Dance Club gathering young people interested in revival of traditional folk dancing.

Members of the Society will contribute to the symposium by volunteering.

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