On June 24th, 2019, the festive toll of bells will announce the return of the Klaipėda Carillon Festival to the city of Klaipėda, where it has been creating the unique soundscape and exceptional appeal of the harbour city for the past six years. From midday till dusk the ringing of bells will be heard high above and out across the harbour city, inviting to prick up ears and listen to the echo of years gone by, to feel the powerful presence of the past and capture the vibe of the present. While looking for the apparently celestial source of these sounds, we will lift up our eyes from the ground and make our minds rise in tow from the mire of quotidian routines towards this heavenly beauty.
Since time immemorial people have believed that bells were endowed with healing powers that affect body and soul, that is, elevate the spirit and improve physical health. Researchers have discovered that bell vibrations cleanse the environment of negative energy. Low frequencies have a soothing effect and help relieve stress, while high frequencies tend to invigorate and exhilarate. Thus attending a concert of bell music may also have a therapeutic effect, apart from being a fun form of leisure.
The Klaipėda Carillon is one of the three standard-sized (four-octave) concert carillons in Lithuania whose audible presence has become the signature of our city. It was mounted in the tower of the Klaipėda Central Post Office in 1987 and remained in service until 2006, when it was replaced with the new instrument manufactured by the Royal Eijsbauts Bell Foundry in Asten, the Netherlands.
The newly installed concert carillon has 48 bells, with the tonal range of four octaves and a total bell weight of about five tons, which amounts to ten tons together with the supporting frame structure. The largest bell weighs 900 kilograms.
Organised by the Klaipėda Concert Hall, the Klaipėda Carillon Festival invites the citizens and guests of the harbour city to celebrate the summer solstice with four concerts that will take place during the longest summer day, on June 24th. The ringing of carillon bells hovers high above the city and pervades the air in the old town, but the best spot for focused listening is the courtyard of the Klaipėda Clock and Watch Museum where all concerts are screened live so that the audience may not only hear but also watch carillonneurs perform in the bell tower.
Starting from June 10th, an exhibition dedicated to the history of the Klaipėda Carillon and a poster of the 6th Klaipėda Carillon Festival will be open for viewing at the Northern Cape near the Old Ferry Terminal. We also offer guided tours to the tower of the Klaipėda Central Post Office where you can take a closer look at this rare instrument assisted by our knowledgeable guides.