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  Kilkim Žaibu

One of the largest open-air black metal/heavy metal and folk music festivals in the Baltic region, Europe. It is held annually since 1999 and attracts approx. 1500–2000 visitors each year. The festival distinguishes itself from other major metal festivals by incorporating the shows of black metal aesthetic-related performers such as medieval folk bands and military-historical reconstruction clubs. Lithuania

It is the festival, comprising of the most extreme forms of music, with archaic folklore and the accents of Baltic history. Festival‘s challenge – unity of contemporary extreme music, pagan and black metal genres with the ethnic culture of the Balts.

Spirit of the event can be described by the following: waiting for the battle, excitement, blood, pain, anger, sewn, aggression, euphoria of victory, joy, fun, unrestrained emotions ... We take all that from the past and nowaday and combine everything into a single vibrating matter with the slogan "Let‘s arise"! With the weapon of thunder – lightning blade. Simply, "Arise with the Bolt"!!! Here war drums rumble, horns drone, weapons clangour, ancient war songs are being sung...and the crash of Black Metal is being pealed.

KILKIM ŽAIBU take place on the great Lukstas lakeside by the glare of pagan bonfires – where we will again celebrate Midsummer feast for 3 days in true Baltic style!

Festival goers already know what to expect – carefully selected both local and international metal music artists, Baltic folk music groups, ancient fight clubs and craftsmen, bonfires and songs until the very morning light.

Covered festivals:

    Kilkim Žaibu 2009

    Kilkim Žaibu 2010

    Kilkim Žaibu 2011

    Kilkim Žaibu 2012

    Kilkim Žaibu 2013

    Kilkim Žaibu 2014

    Kilkim Zaibu 2015

    Kilkim Žaibu 2016

    Kilkim Zaibu 2017

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Kilkim Žaibu News Kilkim Žaibu News Written 2015-06-15 21:11:34
Kilkim Žaibu, festival of old traditions and heavy music is going to rock you for the 16th time. This year the festival takes place on June 26-27 in Žagarė, Lithuania's capital of culture for 2015. For two days and nights old traditions and alternative music will take places in turns. The territory will be split in two zones: active one for concerts, games and contests and calm zone for camping.

June 26th Friday

15.00 Opening of the festival, lighting of festival fire, introduction of traditions of Rasa (Lithuanian Summer Solstice) festivities, collection of nine herbs, crown weaving, traditional games and spells…


15.00 – 15.45 GYVATA – Lithuania;

16.00 – 16.45 RĀVA – Latvia;

17.00 – 18.00 ŪKANOSE – Lithuania;

18.30 – 19.30 ANGIS – Lithuania;

20.00 – 21.00 KING OF ASGARD – Sweden;

20.00 – 21.00 Medieval fights. According to written sources from IX-XI centuries, Scandinavian vikings used to raid the lands of Semigallia. Historical reenactors will stage a raid similar to how they might have looked, including historically accurate replica of a viking ship.

21.30 – 22.30 SKYLĖ – Lithuania;

22.30 – 23.00 Ancient program: lighting of festival bonfires, games, songs;

23.00 – 24.00 SKYFORGER – Latvia;

00.30 – 01.30 BÖLZER – Switzerland;

02.00 – 03.00 THOU SHELL OF DEATH – Estonia;

03.00 – 05.00 Ancient program: floating the wreaths in the lake, dancing and singing by the bonfires, singing competition between men and women, beer game – drinking till sunrise, those who didn't fall will sing at sunrise. The fire is put out after sunrise.

Ancient arts & crafts to expect in ancient program of Solstice: smithing, baltic jewelry, boneworking, amberworking, girdle-weeaving, clothes sewing, leather crafts, pottery.

Demonstration of medieval fights and contests / games for the audience organized by historical reenactment clubs: Jotvos sūnūs, Pera sudinoi, Pilsots, Heiligenberg, Exercitus Rigensis, Kroma kolna and individual warriors from Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. The opportunity to ride a reconstructed ancient Viking ship is provided by Latvian shipwrights Baltic snakes.

June 27th Saturday

12.00 – 21.00 Ancient arts & crafts: smithing, baltic jewelry, boneworking, amberworking, girdle-weeaving, clothes sewing, leather crafts, pottery.;


12.00 – 12.40 TUURNGAIT – Lithuania;

13.05 – 13.50 AGHOR – Estonia;

13.50 – 14.30 Contests for the audience: Viking football and more;

14.30 – 15.30 RAVENTALE – Ukraine;

16.00 – 17.00 NEGLECTED FIELDS – Latvia;

17.00 – 18.00 FIGHT CIRCLE. Reenactor soldiers will fight for the title of strongest and special trophy: Semigallian battleaxe;

18.00 – 19.00 AUĻI – Latvia;

19.00 – 19.30 FIGHT CIRCLE. Final fight for the title of strongest man;

19.30 – 20.30 DALRIADA – Hungary;

21.00 – 22.00 TURMION KÄTILÖT – Finland;

22.30 – 23.30 ENTHRONED – Belgium;

23.30 – 24.00 Ancient program: bonfires, songs;

24.00 – 01.30 TRIPTYKON – Switzerland.

01.30 – 04.00 NIGHT OF FUN with „KILKIM ŽAIBU“ DJs.

June 28th Sunday

12.00 – 15.00 Musical background, extinguihing of the festival fire, cleaning the environment, departures until next year.

Additional entertainment and services in the festival

Opportunity to ride ancient ship, educational walks along wonderful trails of Oz of Žagarė and Žvelgaitis mound, horse riding in Žagarė, trail to oldest ritual stone in tyrelis swamp, volleyball field, beach, rental of rooms, tents and sleeping bags, musical merchandise shops.

Ask for more information at the festival information center.


Tickets are sold at the entrance to the territory.

Tickets for two days cost 35€

The offer “six for the price of five” will be invalid.

Single-day ticket cost 20€

Single day tickets are sold only during the time of festival. If you are buying the ticket for Friday, you will be charged full price (35€) and will get the difference (15€) upon leaving on Saturday. You must leave before 12:00.

Family ticket for 2 days: 60 €. Family ticket is valid for two adults and all children. You must provide necessary documents to prove paternity.

Disabled and senior citizens (retired) gets 50% discount. Discounted tickets are sold only at the entrance and require documents to prove the status.

You can arrive and leave the festival by any means comfortable. Many people arrive a day before – Thursday evening. The campsite and car parking are free. Paid and secured parking area will also be provided.

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Only few days left until the festival. If you want to celebrate summer solstice cheaper, the offer “six for the price of five” is still valid!

Tickets are sold by Bilietų pasaulis.

See you soon!


Kilkim Žaibu News Kilkim Žaibu News Written 2015-06-15 21:10:54
Kilkim Žaibu News Kilkim Žaibu News Written 2015-06-15 21:06:55
Kilkim Žaibu News Kilkim Žaibu News Written 2015-06-09 23:53:27
In this year we will present you our very old dream - especially brewed beer sort
bearing same name as festival: Kilkim Žaibu beer!

This beer is made in cooperation with best craft beer producer company in Lithuania - "Dundulis".
This is light, refreshing beer with amber color, made exclusively from the products which are growing in Lithuanian nature.
No chemical preservatives used, no exotic flavors. This is unique beer because this is uniquely usual!

In Kilkim Žaibu you also will have a possibility to taste more than 20 sorts of other Lithuanian and Czech beers.
Just to name a few: "Raudonieji dobilai", "Varniukai", "Daujotai" and others.

All beers will cost from 1.5 Euro. Kilkim Žaibu beer will cost 1.8 Eur
Absolutely all beers will be served in special deposit Kilkim Žaibu cups with festival logo! This is also first time in history of Kilkim Žaibu!
No more cheap plastic glasses, no litter. We want to to ecological festival and all is done for honor of our Nature and Lithuania!
Kilkim Zaibu News Kilkim Zaibu News Written 2014-05-23 10:43:35
Ancient traditions and heavy metal music festival KILKIM ŽAIBU - biggest folk pagan black metal gathering in Baltic States! 15th anniversary 1999-2014!
20-22 June, 2014, Varniai, Lithuania
Dalyvauja / Confirmed bands:
- WARDRUNA - Norway
- ASPHYX - Netherlands
- DESTRÖYER 666 - Australia
- MOONSORROW - Finland
- SKYFORGER - Latvia
- ENDSTILLE - Germany
- EREB ALTOR - Sweden
- PERCIVAL - Poland
- LUCTUS - Lithuania
- PAEAN - Estonia
- SEN SVAJA - Lithuania
- JUODVARNIS - Lithuania
- THRASHLESS - Estonia
- MERESSIN - Lithuania
- VILKI - Latvia
- NRCSST - Lithuania
- PHRENETIX - Lithuania
- OSTERWEG - Belarus
- ONTREP - Lithuania
- JOTVA - Lithuania
- SŪDUVOS TAURAS - Lithuania
- LEITGIRIS - Lithuania
Viso dalyvaus apie 30 kolektyvų.
More to come! In total will be about 30 bands / groups.
Tickets costs only 25-30 euro for all 3 days, group / family / discount tickets available! Read information at festival website and book now!