I will start with a reference to Berlin — don’t run away just yet, we’ll get to Vilnius. I think people tend to romanticize Berlin’s underground vibes, the art and the party scene and all that hits the same spot in the urban vocabulary. But it has set a great example for cities that provide the trendy alternative for the needy.
Vilnius has been brewing up something similar to Berlin for a while. Many places in downtown have cultural similarities, but since Platforma landed, I don’t think there are any doubts anymore on where you should be heading for your dose of hip. An abandoned Vilnius train museum has become the perfect place to create a platform for arts, music and unconventional ideas.
Platforma can open up to its visitors in many forms from daytime raves to concerts with some of the most interesting acts from Lithuania and abroad. Free cinema screenings have been taking place lately as well. Above all, be sure to do a lot of relaxing next to the train tracks with a cold one in your hand and your friends soaking up the atmosphere.
It is rather hard to describe it for people who haven’t been here, but once you visit Platforma, you get an instant déjà-vu from your recent trip to Berlin’s Neukölln or any other trendy neighborhoods. And the ones that haven’t been to Berlin can harvest the feeling guilt-free while spending a regular day in Vilnius.
P.S. Check their Facebook for events before going.