DAR (Druskininkai Artists´ Residence)

General information

Brief description of organisation

LITHUANIAN COMPOSERS´ UNION (LCU) is creative public organization, which unites professional composers and musicologists of Lithuania. It was founded in Kaunas in 1941, by composer Juozas Gruodis and his colleagues. Nowadays LCU counts 103 composers and 62 musicologists - these are the people that create music of various genres and write texts about it. Objective - to spread, stimulate, support and promote professional Lithuanian music, musicological thought in Lithuania and abroad. Chairperson of the LCU - Mykolas Natalevicius.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

In seeking to develop international cultural exchanges, the Lithuanian Composers‘ Union initiated Druskininkai A.I.R (Artist in Residence) international artists‘ residency programme in 2011. Since 2012, it has continued to function under a new title, DAR (Druskininkai Artists‘ Residence), with over one hundred artists from Lithuania and other countries having participated in it.

The DAR programme is intended for composers and sound artists. The residence invites them to create and explore music and sound art in the academic, experimental and interdisciplinary context. Artists are given the opportunity to live and work in the picturesque resort town of Druskininkai, engaging in the local cultural environment by implementing and presenting their individual projects in public spaces. The DAR residence encourages cooperation between artists and the relevance of their projects for the communities of Druskininkai and its surrounding areas. The residence organizes educational presentations and creative workshops with them at Druskininkai’s music and art schools. In seeking to integrate the residents into the broader cultural and social life of Lithuania, some of their works are presented in Vilnius. Currently, the DAR residence has been cooperating actively with the AIR Krems residence in Austria and the MoKS residence in Estonia. The exchange of residents has been going on, along with encouragement of international cultural dialogue. The residence is partly supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and Nordic Culture Point.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 2 weeks
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Grants available

The artists, participating in the DAR Programme, will be provided free accommodation at the Artists´ Guesthouse of the Lithuanian Composers´ Union in Druskininkai. The scholarship holders can use the in-house facilities for free and also apply for partial reimbursement of their travel expenses and other expenditures (such as cost of tools and materials for artistic work); we may also partly compensate for the cost of performances and artworks (please note: reimbursement schemes are subject to change each year, depending on the programme´s allowance). Approximate amount of the 2 week grant is 400 EU.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Food

All expenses paid by DAR residence

Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class

During the period of the residence applicants are expected to present their work in Druskininkai or Vilnius. The form of presentation can be negotiated depending on artistic ideas.

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Supplies
Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


RuralSituated in a quiet and cosy part of the town surrounded by a pine grove.

  • Internet Connection
  • Musical Instruments
  • Kitchen
Number of studios

between 5 and 10

Type and size of studios

Live-work space

  • Shared Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Concerts

How to reach

By plane

to Vilnius airport, then by bus Vilnius - Druskininkai
to Kaunas airport, then by bus Kaunas - Druskininkai

By car

From Lithuanian capital Vilnius to Druskininkai - 130km (1h 45min)
From Kaunas to Druskininkai - 128 km (1 hour 56 min)

Nearest airport

Vilnius or Kaunas

Contact information

DAR (Druskininkai Artists´ Residence)
A. Mickeviciaus st. 29
LT-08117 Vilnius


Phone: +37060809571

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