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The Sparrow Made Some Beer

'The Sparrow Made Some Beer' is an immersive, cross-cultural installation by Jazmina Cininas. It is made up of lagerphones in the shapes of Lithuanian animals. As well as setting the scene, these lagerphones serve as percussive instruments.  

The installation will be animated by a live performances of Lithuanian folk songs by The Lost Clog. The performances weave a narrative song cycle from universal themes of harvest, war, love, and loss. This multi-sensory experience takes audiences of all ages on a visual, auditory, and poetic reimagining of Lithuanian traditions. You don’t need prior knowledge of Lithuanian language to enjoy! 

'The Sparrow Made Some Beer' offers a celebration of a minority culture that spearheaded the first wave of post-war immigration. The exhibition recognises the contribution of immigrant and refugee populations to Australia’s cultural fabric. 

'The Sparrow Made Some Beer' is presented in association with the Brunswick Music Festival.

'The Sparrow Made Some Beer' is supported by the Australian Lithuanian Foundation and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. 

Image: Jazmina Cininas. Farmyard scene, various lagerphones with stands, 2011-2021. Salvaged timber, used bottle caps, nails, rubber stoppers. Dimensions variable. Photo: Andrius Lipšys. Courtesy the artist and Australian Galleries

Suitable for

This exhibition features video and sound content. Due to the varied sensory experience on display, this exhibition may be a difficult environment for visitors who experience sensory overload. 

This is a family friendly exhibition.  


Counihan Gallery
Phone: 03 9389 8622

Further information

More information about this event and associated programs is on the Brunswick Music Festival website. You can also visit our What's on at the Counihan Gallery page.

For exhibition updates you can follow the Counihan Gallery Instagram page. You can also go to the Counihan Gallery Facebook page.

This exhibition is in the New Gallery.

For more information, you can download theRoomsheet: The Sparrow Made Some Beer (DOC 1.1Mb)Roomsheets are exhibition documents that include information such as exhibition statements, artist biographies, artwork details and artwork prices