GATES OF JOTVA – YOUR GATES TO OUR HISTORY
GATES OF JOTVA is the largest living history festival in southern Lithuania dedicated to the history of Alytus and Baltic nation Jotvingiai that once lived here. It is an expression and the identity of the city through the living history, ethnic culture and traditions.
Every year, the changing and renewed event program invites to engage the visitor of the event and create a festival together with the participants of the festival. Trying to avoid merchant-buyer relationship, we encourage visitors to become part of the community. Today – community of the festival, tomorrow – the community of our nation. We are happy if the visitors are asking and participating more in the festival activities: ancient crafts and crafts workshops, dance or young soldier training, preparation for the castle attack, lectures, archers' competitions, various other competitions and activities.
The event is open for everyone, both young and old, who are interested in history, traditions, ethnic culture and archeology. For everyone who are passionate and active cultural users.
Particular attention is paid to the youth and young families. Here you can always find a lot of activities that you can engage in and bring something cute to yourself and your beloved ones.
Every year, the festival's volunteer team brings together active young people from local educational institutions who with great enthusiasm contribute to the smooth implementation of project activities.
We also encourage young craftsmen who have graduated from the crafts programs or have a national heritage certificate to present the creative process for the visitors in the craft workshops and selling their hand crafted works in the event crafts fair.
All together let's open the gate to our history!
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FOR TRADERS OF THE FAIR
On June 30, 2018 - July 1, festival JOTVOS VARTAI hosts a folk-art and craftsman trade fair.
Trading is arranged so that traders are always in the midst of the festival events. In the fair, we give priority to the craftsmen of exceptional hand works, craftsmen who hold national heritage certificates, beginners of the trade and craft. We are also glad to welcome the culinary heritage. Trading places in the merchant area are distributed on a contractually agreed basis. Trading during the fair in the event territory are allowed only with the permits approved by the organizer and after payment of the participant's fee.
We invite you to become part of the festival Volunteer Team and contribute to the implementation of the largest event in southern Lithuania.
WHY DO I HAVE TO AND WHAT WILL WE DO? The festival has a lot of care, handling and special preparation work, in which volunteers will have the opportunity to meet with the participants, partners and sponsors of the festival. You will have the opportunity to acquire teamwork skills, practice organizational work, obtain a practice certificate and have a good time with new friends. Those who will demonstrate high attention and care, will have opportunity to receive festival gifts. The festival JOTVOS VARTAI aims to bring together a team of responsible, positive, motivated, proactive, and not afraid for communication volunteers, who would be ready always help the guests and organizers of the event. Experience is not necessary. In some cases, the lack of experience is an advantage of potential volunteers. The questionnaire can be completed by June 15.
Birželio 30 d. 10 – 23 val.
Liepos 01 d. 10 – 18 val.
Dainų Slėnis, J. Basanavičiaus street., Alytus town.