This year the Lithuanian city of Kaunas became one big European stag. Buzzing with activity, the European capital of culture 2022 (along with Esch-Sur-Alzette in Luxembourg) hosts 4025 events and activities such as festivals, exhibitions, stage events, and concerts. While attracting worldwide known artists such as Yoko Ono, the project aims to be highly educational and involve the inhabitants through more than a thousand community initiatives. What also makes “Kaunas 2022” unique is that it aims to create a new myth for the city to help it change its path.
In that spirit, the festival of the International Day of Happiness will happen this 20th March. It is already a great success as it was first held three years ago and will remain in Kaunas and all Lituania and even after the program’s conclusion. As the organization says: “The event became an enormous educational project that taught the people of Kaunas the benefit of attentiveness to others, attention to nuance, and sensitivity to detail – things that our happiness is very often made of”.