Name of Residency: DAR (Druskininkai Artists’s Residence)

In seeking to develop international cultural exchanges, the Lithuanian Composers’ Union initiated Druskininkai A.I.R (Artist in Residence) international artists’ residency programme in 2011. Since 2012, it has continued to function under a new title, DAR (Druskininkai Artists’ Residence), with over one hundred artists from Lithuania and other countries having participated in it.

The DAR programme is intended for composers and sound artists. The residence invites them to create and explore music and sound art in the academic, experimental and interdisciplinary context. Artists are given the opportunity to live and work in the picturesque resort town of Druskininkai, engaging in the local cultural environment by implementing and presenting their individual projects in public spaces. The DAR residence encourages cooperation between artists and the relevance of their projects for the communities of Druskininkai and its surrounding areas. The residence organizes educational presentations and creative workshops with them at Druskininkai music and art schools. In seeking to integrate the residents into the broader cultural and social life of Lithuania, some of their works are presented in Vilnius. Currently, the DAR residence has been cooperating actively with the AIR Krems residence in Austria and the MoKS residence in Estonia. The exchange of residents has been going on, along with encouragement of international cultural dialogue. The residence is partly supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and Association LATGA.

Residency Programme since: 2011
Description of Organisation:

LITHUANIAN COMPOSERS’ UNION (LCU) is creative public organization, which unites professional composers and musicologists of Lithuania. It was founded in Kaunas in 1941, by composer Juozas Gruodis and his colleagues. Nowadays LCU counts 103 composers and 62 musicologists – these are the people that create music of various genres and write texts about it. Objective – to spread, stimulate, support and promote professional Lithuanian music, musicological thought in Lithuania and abroad. Chairperson of the LCU – Mykolas Natalevicius.

Organisation founded in: 1941
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
Number of studios: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: N/A
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Computer
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: No
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): 400EU
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Food
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Production costs
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: Concert
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Vilnius or Kaunas
    How to reach by plane: to Vilnius airport, then by bus Vilnius – Druskininkaito Kaunas airport, then by bus Kaunas – Druskininkai
    How to reach by car: From Lithuanian capital Vilnius to Druskininkai – 130km (1h 45min)From Kaunas to Druskininkai – 128 km (1 hour 56 min)
    Street & Number: A. Mickeviciaus st. 29
    Postal Code: LT-08117
    City: Vilnius
    Country long: Lithuania
    A. Mickeviciaus st. 29
    Vilnius LT-08117 LTU
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