Sepultura, Marduk and more at Manor Museum of Antanas Smetona (2022)
Manor Museum of Antanas Smetona (Ukmergė, Lithuania)
Sepultura, Marduk, Vltimas, Heidevolk, 1914, Wind Rose, Broliai, Romuvos, Horna, Year Of The Goat, Entropia, Ukanose, Sisyphean, Road Kill, Bloody Heels, Black Citrus And Many More
June 23, 2022
Taking place between the 23rd and 25th of June, this year sees KILKIM ŽAIBU back for its 22nd time, and despite being one of the biggest festivals in the Baltic countries, it is not very well-known in central and western Europe. However, those that do dare to venture to this eastern edge of the Europe find themselves quickly ensnared by the festival's enchanting atmosphere. You see, this is one of the very few festivals around that isn't just about the music: it's about old Baltic pagan traditions, history, perfect atmosphere, nature and so much more.
Having been one of the last countries to convert to Christianity, pagan traditions still have a stronger foot-hold in Lithuania than they do in other countries. As a result, one of the country's biggest celebrations of the year is the summer solstice. And it is exactly around this celebration that KILKIM ŽAIBU has built itself. The festival is steeped in old traditions, featuring bonfires, medieval markets, pagan reenactors, and ancient Viking-style games. But this year also marks a big change in KILKIM ŽAIBU history. After many summers it will be moving to a new location: The Manor Museum of Antanas Smetona in Ukmergė. The manor is of cultural and historical significance, being the summer residence of the first president of Lithuania, and this unusual atmosphere will help showcase some of Lithuania's more recent history. So, for the very first time, this year will also see history clubs from the interwar period bringing more recent history to life.
So, if you're a metal-head who is bored of the standard, run-of-the-mill festivals, and would like to see a festival that offers so much more than just music, then look no further than KILKIM ŽAIBU, an undiscovered gem which combines the best of both historical and musical perspectives. Be sure to get your tickets soon! Metal Temple looks forward to seeing you there!
For photos from KILKIM ŽAIBU 2019, check out Valkyrian Photography's shots here.