What is SMD?
The idea of a Street Music Day (SMD) has been stirring in the head of a popular Lithuanian musician Andrius Mamontovas for a quite a while and has evolved spontaneously after writing an invitation to his friends. This letter flew across Lithuania and in 2007, on the first Saturday of May, Vilnius celebrated the Street Music Day for the first time.
The idea of this festival is simple – anyone who wishes to come out into the streets and play music are welcome. It does not matter whether one can play several accords or is already a professional musician: everyone can become a participant of the festival. You can either play an instrument by yourself or in a circle of friends - it is up to you.
The Street Music Day has become one of the largest events that takes place simultaneously in a number of Lithuanian cities. Street Music Day is a day full of discoveries: when going out to the city you can always find new impressions and talented musicians around every corner.
During ten years of the existence, approximately 50 Lithuanian towns, and in the long run, also Lithuanian neighbors – the capital of Latvia Riga and Minsk in Belarus – joined Street Music Day. The capital of Georgia Tbilisi joined Lithuania with great enthusiasm in 2012, and since 2013, the SMD was celebrated in Kiev, Ukraine. In 2012, the SMD was celebrated by the Lithuanian communities all over Europe: in Paris, Copenhagen, York, Nottingham, Punsk, and Tallinn.
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 a own contribution! For me, this is one of the most beautiful day during spring-time!”