What is the SMD?
The idea of the Street Musician's Day (SMD) had been stirring in the head of the popular Lithuanian musician Andrius Mamontovas for a quite long time, and has evolved spontaneously, after writing an invitation to his friends. This letter flew across Lithuania, and already in 2007, on the first Saturday of May, Vilnius celebrated the Street Musician's Day.
The idea of this festival is simple – anyone wishing come out into the streets and play some music. Anyone, who plays an instrument for himself or in a circle of friends, no matter whether one can play several accords or already is a professional musician, may become a participant of the festival.
The Street Musician's Day has become one of the largest events that takes place simultaneously in a number of Lithuanian cities. The SMD is the day when going out to the city one can find new impressions and musical discoveries around each corner, each street or yard.
During seven years of the existence of this festival, approximately 50 Lithuanian towns, and in the long run, also Lithuanian neighbours – the city of Latvia Riga and the capital of Belarus Minsk – joined the Street Musician's Day. The capital of Georgia Tbilisi joined Lithuania with great enthusiasm in 2012, and since 2013, the SMD will also be joined by Kiev (Ukraine). In 2012, the SMD was celebrated by the Lithuanian world communities in Paris, Copenhagen, York, Nottingham, Punsk, and Tallinn.
The SMD volunteer Vilija: “This is a great music festival arranged with the efforts of volunteers which brings joy to Lithuanians every year. On that day everyone is happy, and everyone can make one’s own contribution! For me, this is one of the most beautiful spring days!”