Vartai gallery, one of the first private galleries in Lithuania, was founded in 1991, a year after Lithuania regained its independence after five long decades of Soviet occupation. It has played a vital role in the cultural life of the country ever since, putting on not just exhibitions, but also concerts, discussions, and workshops. Galerija VARTAI from the very beginning became an important venue through which artists as well as musicians could reach the public and remains so to this day.