Annual meeting of cultural attachés – discussions about future plans, performance results and new opportunities

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2018 06 11

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The annual meeting of cultural attachés of the Republic of Lithuania is held in the Ministry of Culture on the 11th-12th of June. Its agenda includes discussion of works performed last year and future plans, discussions about the goals, strategy and challenges of the Lithuanian policy of cultural internationality. The cultural attachés are also going to meet representatives of the Government, Ministries of foreign Affairs and Education and Science, Lithuanian Film Centre, Lithuanian Culture Institute, Lithuanian Culture Council, Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022 and the State Department of Tourism.

On the 13th of June, the open discussion with representatives of cultural field and press is organized in the Arts Printing house, where the performance opportunities and experiences of cultural attachés in different countries will be discussed.

Mrs. Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson, Minister of Culture, noted during the meeting the importance of activities of each cultural attaché and expressed her gratitude for their work while introducing the Lithuanian cultural programme meant to commemorate the centenary of the Lithuanian statehood abroad. “You are the main representatives of our culture abroad, who are able to find common language with prominent artists and cultural organizations. The fair challenges encountered this year because of the 100th anniversary of the Restoration of the State satisfied the expectations. When the complex projects of big volume were implemented, lots of work and intelligence were needed. You contributed to the formation of the Lithuanian image, creation of long-term cultural relations, and strengthening of cooperation,” – said Minister L. Ruokytė-Jonnson.

Kaunas as European Capital of Culture is going to be an important work direction of the Lithuanian cultural attaché until 2022. When the Lithuanian cultural attachés meet the representatives of Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022 on the 12th of June, they will be able to discuss common perspectives that will help Kaunas to endeavour at ambition to become a modern European capital of culture.

The Minister stressed that the works of similar importance are awaiting when the 30th anniversary of Restoration of the Lithuanian Independence will be commemorated in 2020. This will serve as an opportunity to introduce a young generation of the Lithuanian artists of the last thirty years, as they have changed the Lithuanian artistic landscape significantly.

The performance goals of the Lithuanian cultural attachés were discussed during the meeting: to have more versatile and richer culture in Lithuania, to provide services of netter quality of the cultural organizations to contemporary and open society that is able to adjust to changes of the global world. The international activities are of equal importance – improvement of competences, presentation of works in the international contexts, strengthening of cultural potential and well-knownness through the international activities.

The most memorable events of the Centenary of the Restoration of the State were discussed during the meeting: the Lithuanian cultural festival “Flux” in Rome characterized by variety of the programme and big number of young artists, the miscellaneous Lithuanian cultural season in France distinguished by consistently developed relations with the French cinematheque. The close cooperation with the Latvian and Estonian national cultural institutions helped to arrange the Baltic symbolism exhibition in the Orsay museum in Paris; the concerts of the conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra were organized in Warsaw, Berlin, and one more concert will be held in Stockholm in the end of summer.

This year Lithuania and other Baltic States arranged a very important self-presentation in the London Book Fair. The Baltic States were so visible in the English speaking book market for the first time. The participation in the fair provided an opportunity to make new contacts and to introduce the Lithuanian literature to the wide circle of readers.