After the re-establishment of independence musicians from abroad began visiting Lithuania and the roads for the gifted young people were open to studies abroad. Since this time the Lithuanian Musician Support Fund has been organising International Music Festival 'Sugrizimai' (Returnings) inviting young people studying and working abroad as well as older emigrants of the second and third generation. For the 20th time, Lithuanian musicians from all over the world will return to play for the public. Full information online at www.lmrf.lt.
Until May 4. Fiftieth Lithuanian Caricature Exhibition. Town Hall, Vilnius
The theme of this exhibition covers the 100-year period of restored statehood. The participating artists provide and overview of Lithuanian history since 1918 in a satirical and humorous manner. Much attention has also been paid to topical issues including emigration, dual citizenship, lack of citizenship, corruption, health protection and relations with neighbouring countries. One of the focuses of the exhibition is the 'Vytis' national coat of arms and its many interpretations. Find out more at www.vilniausrotuse.lt
May 4-5. Fourteenth International Wine Fair 'Vyno Dienos'. Litexpo, Vilnius
Vyno Dienos (Wine Days) is the biggest wine and spirits event in the Baltic States. Wine and spirits producers, international importers, gourmet representatives and companies making glass and wine accessories will be presenting their products to over 3,800 visitors during the two-day event. For more information about the event, see www.vynodienos.lt. Buy tickets online at www.tiketa.lt.
May 5. For Two, Concert by the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. Lithuanian National Philharmonic Concert Hall, Vilnius
Piano performances of 19th- and 20th-century Czech music, the Lithuanian pianists Indre Baikstyte and Gintaras Janusevicius performing Bohuslav Martinu's Double Concerto on two pianos and much more. The Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra will demonstrate its mastery in interpreting Smetana's Prodana Nevesta (The Bartered Bride) and Dvorak's penultimate Eighth Symphony. Lithuanian soloists and the LNSO will be led by the Taiwanese conductor Tung-Chieh Chuang who first worked in Lithuania in 2017. For more information and tickets, see www.filharmonija.lt
May 7-13. Design Week 2018. Several locations around Lithuania
Throughout the festival the Lithuanian cities of Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Siauliai, Telsiai and Anyksciai will be holding a number of different events. Guests will be invited to participate in creative workshops, visit exhibitions, acquire knowledge and share it at conferences. Artists will present their latest works along the theme of spaces. The colour of this year's festival 2018 is mustard yellow. For more information, see www. dizainosavaite.lt
May 11. Closing Concert of the Season. Congress Hall, Vilnius
During the closing concert of the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra's season audiences will be treated to the legendary and world-famous cellist Mischa Maisky. Maisky is a very welcome guest at concert halls in London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna Tokyo and elsewhere. The first part of the concert offers a performance of Ottorino Respighi's Variations for Cello and Orchestra followed by Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme. The second part will include Mahler's Symphony No. 1 for a large orchestra, in which the composer merged the imagery and plotline of a symphonic poem with a classical symphony structure. The Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by its founder, Gintaras Rinkevicius. For more information, see www.lvso.lt. To purchase tickets, see www.tiketa.lt.