The opening started with a special performance-trip that invited residents and guests of this western resort town to shake off daily problems and joined a trip with a caravan of culture that travelled across the Curonian Spit, the local municipality said.

Neringa plans around 100 events and experiences throughout this year as part of its program as Lithuania's Capital of Culture.

"Neringa is a special space. Artists have drawn inspiration from it for decades. We hope that our varied program will meet visitors' expectations," Narunas Lendraitis, a vice mayor of Neringa, who leads the project, said.