The Mythical Beast of Kaunas is a part of the artistic programme “Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022”. It is an interdisciplinary project aimed at creating a unifying narrative for Kaunas.

The creation of the Beast and its story involves citizens of all ages and of all walks of life and creates participatory experience for people from near and far away. The Mythical Beast of Kaunas will become an avatar or allegory for the City, where the Beast = Kaunas.

We see the concept of the Mythical Beast as the guardian of the City. It appears from ruins of the castle, from dungeons of the wartime fortifications, from fairy tales and anecdotes, from underneath the two rivers and enters our reality with street theatre performances, comic books for children, a steampunk novel, a movie, a TV show, mass celebrations and rumours of all things supernatural. It embodies and thus explains cultural, identity conflicts and contradictions we used to have and still have.


The Mythical Beast of Kaunas and its story is precisely a story about those Kaunasians. The Beast has been and will be the last Kaunasian. What is it like? What’s its story? How and what can be told about Kaunas?

All these things are created by the Mythical Beast platform of the European Capital of Culture.

The Beast is the ruler of the Underworld City. More precisely, he is the ruler of all Kaunas, but he lives in Underworld Kaunas and works in Sunny Kaunas. You’llonly rarely meet the Beast in Sunny Kaunas in daytime, since he likes darkness and despises sunlight.