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About us...


The folk group of songs & dances "DAINAVA"
The folk group of songs & dances "DAINAVA"
Liaudies dainų ir šokių ansamblis
Liaudies dainų ir šokių ansamblis
 
Copyright © 2012 folk group of songs and dances Dainava, Jurgiškių g. 19 - 8, LT 63157, Alytus, Lithuania.
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Lithuanian nation, who suffered from the oppression of the Tsarist Russia and fifty years of Soviet occupation, has preserved its peculiar culture and folklore which is totally different from that the neighbor states: of Slavic or Scandinavian countries. Our goal is to preserve it for this and future generations.
The Folk Art Group Dainava was founded by its Art Leader Danutė Plytnikienė in 1977. The Group uses the unique and inexhaustible source of folk creation for its performances, and for 30 years it has been making our land famous with its songs and dances in near and far-reaching places of the world. 
The band of the Group consists of both usual, international instruments violin, accordion, etc. and traditional, only Lithuanian, folk musical
instruments: skrabalai, kanklės,  birbynės, skudučiai, cimbolai.
The Group is amateur. It consists of over 150 people of different professions whose age ranges from 3 till over 70 years old. We are proud to have a group of about 100 children and teenagers as Dainava is a perfect school of folk art and traditions nurturing love for our country and its people. Since 1980 Dainava has participated in all national song festivals and in a great number of international folk festivals, where it has become a diploma or prize winner. During the years of its existence the group has prepared 6 different programs and given over 2500 performances in Lithuania and abroad: the USA, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cyprus, Egypt, and almost all the countries or Central and Eastern Europe and Scandinavia.
The Group represented Lithuania and the Baltic states in the World Culture EXPO 98 in South Korea, and the world exhibition EXPO 2005 in Nagoya, Japan.
Every year Dainava organizes international folklore festivals: in the middle of June children and young people festival - "Ateik, saulute, su pyragais", and on the last weekend of November - "Atvažiuoja žolynai" where groups from other countries are invited.
In 2000 Dainava was granted the Gold Bird prize as the best national folk song and dance group.
Dainava was also granted the title of Honorable Folk Group of Lithuania for its achievements in propagating Lithuanian folk art, culture and traditions, and its art leader Danut Plytnikienė was granted the Orden of Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas for her assistance to Lithuania in the process of integrating into Transatlantic and European structures.
Dainava is a member of the International Folk Groups Association CIOFF.