“PLArTFORMA” – is an international festival of arts, combining the forms of performing (contemporary dance, new circus, physical theatre, performance art) and visual arts as well as artists from Lithuania and foreign countries in one cultural platform. It is a project of multicultural cooperation and contemporary expression, the only of such kind in Klaipėda and the region of Western Lithuania. It is the festival of both cultural and educational character, regarding the dissemination of contemporary art expression to the audience.
In 2017 festival will be held for the 11th time on the 14th – 21st of September in Klaipėda.
Main concept of the festival is related to the geographical and metaphysical interpretations of boundary zones, which are embodied in the character of the festival itself: different genres, forms of expression and ideas intervene here, paying no attention to the borders of traditional arts. Such art synthesis is identical to a search of new limit points, which is presented during the festival.
The festival takes place in the old-town & urban territory of previous shipyard, power station, tobacco factory actualizing cultural, industrial and natural heritage objects of the city. It draws artists’ attention towards their usage for creative needs and shows the audience how these spaces may transform into cultural venues.
In 2009 the festival has been awarded with „FestLabPass“ by European Festival Association (EFA). In 2010-2014 the festival was a part of the European network “Development of New Art”. Since 2011 “PLArTFORMA” has a title of Representative Festival of Klaipėda city and in 2013 it has been recognized as the Best 2012 Cultural Event of the City. Since 2015 “PLArTFORMA” bears a label of EFFE “Europe for Festivals / Festivals for Europe” (administrated by EFA).
In 2017 festival is a part of the programme „Klaipėda – Lithuanian Capital of Culture 2017“.
The festival is organized by Artists group "Fish Eye".
Festival is supported by Klaipėda city Municipality, Lithuanian Culture Council,
Culture Ministry of the Lithuanian Republic, French Institute in Lithuania.