Cultural Cooperation Programme Between Lithuania and Georgia Signed

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2017 11 24

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On 23–26 November the Minister of Culture Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson is on a work visit in Georgia where she and Mikheil Giorgadze, the Minister of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, signed a cultural cooperation programme for 2018–2020 between the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania and the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia.

The aim of the programme is to encourage cooperation between Lithuania and Georgia in the fields of art, design and architecture, literary translations, cultural heritage preservation, and cherishing of intangible cultural heritage. The signed programme also foresees the sharing of experience in culture policy making, organisation and monitoring as well as participation in the EU culture programmes, such as Creative Europe. During the meeting the Minister of Culture L. Ruokytė-Jonsson emphasised the importance of direct relations among art and culture organisations and the strengthening of culture professionals’ network.

“The implementation of the programme will depend on particular people – artists, culture professionals, experts of culture policy, representatives of culture organisations. I hope that the programme will stimulate and expand the relations between Lithuania and Georgia. Our diplomatic representative office in Georgia will also play an important role in the programme implementation – it has done much for the birth of this programme”, the Minister of Culture L. Ruokytė-Jonsson said.

Tonight the exhibition “From Travels” of the Lithuanian photographer Vitas Luckus will be opened at the Simon Janashia Museum, branch of the Georgian National Museum, in Tbilisi. In the exhibition displayed in one of the most important Georgian heritage institutions, Šiauliai Aušra Museum, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Georgia, will present the travel cycles of Vitas Luckus “In Tbilisi”, “In Azerbaijan”, “In Bashkiria”, “In Altai Region” as well as portraits photographed during the travels that have replenished the artist’s cycle of portraits “Close-up” created in 1968–1986.