Lithuanian Culture Institute, together with partners, presents the international programme Jonas Mekas 100! dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Jonas Mekas’ birth. In 2022, for the first time in history, not only Lithuania but also Denmark, Italy, Israel, the USA, the United Kingdom, China, Poland, Russia, South Korea, France, Finland, Sweden, Ukraine, Germany, and other countries will celebrate the life and creative legacy of this avant-garde filmmaker, film critic, writer and poet. On 24-25 November, the programme partners gathered in Vilnius to meet each other and discuss the launch of the year of celebrations.
“Jonas Mekas is one of the most prominent figures in world culture coming from Lithuania and the 100th anniversary of his birth is a unique opportunity to bring together his friends, fans and researchers of his creative work from all over the world, and not only to celebrate Jonas’ exceptional life but also to draw attention to the relevance of his extremely rich and diverse creative legacy,” says Aušrinė Žilinskienė, the director of the Institute. “The centennial programme will allow audiences to get to know this prominent filmininkas (as he liked to introduce himself), poet, chronicler, insightful administrator and an inspiration for his contemporaries and many younger generations originally from Lithuanian village of Semeniškės.”