Druskininkai is inseparable from the name of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis. The Druskininkai Summer with M K Čiurlionis event which is now in its second decade has grown into a three-month international arts festival, one which promotes the name of the great Lithuanian artist both at home and abroad, and which occupies an important place in the list of the country’s largest cultural events.
During the festival musicians and scholars from Lithuania and foreign countries are invited to Druskininkai to observe the legacy left by Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis and explore the secrets of his music and art, to search for new links with the work of other artists of different eras, and to visit areas that relate to him and his family.
Every year during the festival, around forty or fifty concerts, exhibitions, literary readings, sacred music hours, and other events are all organised to take place. There are also other events, such as the M K Čiurlionis Study Week, which has an M K Čiurlionis and the World scientific conference and a violin music festival, and in addition the Violin Master School is open.
Laureates of the international M K Čiurlionis pianist and organist competition, plus researchers and disseminators of his creations, music performers from Canada, Italy, the USA, Poland, Germany, France, South Korea, and other countries, also participate in the festival. In the evenings, the best work is presented of composers, writers, and poets. Each year the Druskininkai festival is visited by as many as 17,000 listeners and spectators.