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Kelmė district municipality,
Vytauto Didžiojo st. 58, 86143 Kelmė
Budget office code 188768730, Register of Legal Entities
Phone/Fax (8 427) 69052,

The district of Kelmė is famous for its cultural heritage (over 400 cultural monuments) and also well-known people. In the district history, a deep mark was left by writers P. Višinskis, M. Pečkauskaitė-Šatrijos Ragana, J. Žymantienė-Žemaitė, Motiejus Kazimieras Sarbievijus, educators V. Pūtvis-Putvinskis, J. Vadeikis and others. The district of Kelmė is also famous for its folk artists, men of letters, folk singers and musicians.

Every year, the events organized by the district cultural institutions are visited over 120 thousand of visitors, including 37 thousand of children and young people.

There are 133 amateur artistic groups uniting over 1 350 musicians, singers and dancers in the district. 700 out of them belong to the young generation.

The district has over 70 folk artists who exhibit their works in the diverse folk art exhibitions.

Every year (in July) upholders of ethical culture organize the course for playing folk music instruments and folk crafts during which participanst are taught various old crafts, playing old national instruments as well as ritual singing.

Every second year, the camps for stonecutters are organized dedicated to famous stonecutter J. Liaudanskis. The town of Kelmė is embellished with their sculptures.

These traditional events are organized on a yearly basis: folk art festival, Tytuvėnai summer festival, national festival „Linas“, week for study of Gregorian choral and church tradition „Ad Fontes”, international theatre festival „Kelmės scena“, county choir festival (every second year), art and sports festival „Venta, Venta, Venta – tu žemaičiui šventa“, countryside folk group and folklore group festival „Graži mūsų šeimynėlė“, folk music festival „Stasinės“, romance music festival „Rudens romansas“, vocal music festival „Daina – sielos sparnai“, humour festival „Vištos koja“, etc.

The district is famous for its mixed choir „Cantio“, folk music groups „Kelmynė“, „Venta“, „Meldai“ from Šedbarai and Pakražantis cultural centers. Well-known are such adults’ folk dance groups, as „Putinėlis“, „Gludas“, „Patrepsėlis“, folk groups „Taduja“, „Ramočia“ (was awared with the “Golden Bird” award), „Judlė“, „Knituva“, folk creation club „Medeinė“, ethnographic group of Šaukėnai cultural center. Many concerts are organized by famous music group „Intriga“, admired by spectators are such vocal groups, as „Vakarė“, „Sidabrinė gija“, „Anima“, and women’s vocal group of Užventis cultural centre. Women’s vocal groups “Darna” (was awared with the “Golden Bird” award), “Cantika” and teachers’ group from Elvyrava principal school are distinguished for their professional performance.

Literary awards of Žemaitė and R. Biržinytė are granted within the district. The district has litterateurs’ club „Vieversys“and litterateurs’ and folk artists’club of Tytuvėnai land „Austėja“. Every year festivals for men of letters are organized, such as „Poezijos pavasarėlis“, „Poezija – tai kelias iš vienos širdies į kitą“.

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