It is intended to develop even closer cultural relations with Ukraine

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2019 07 09

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The Minister of Culture, Mr. Mindaugas Kvietkauskas met the Ukrainian ambassador Volodymyr Yatsenkivskyi.

The cultural projects of both countries, exchange and cooperation were discussed in the meeting. The commemoration of the 505th anniversary of the Battle of Orsha this year and possibility for the best Ukrainian bands to perform in Lithuania were talked.

The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania and the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture signed the cooperation programme for 2016-2020 in 2015. Its aim is to promote projects of direct cooperation between the Lithuanian and Ukrainian cultural organizations in the areas of theatrics, creative industries, fine arts and cultural heritage, through expert exchanges, sharing of good practice and inclusion of Ukrainian non-governmental organizations into the joint activities.

This programme led to more intense cooperation in various areas of culture and art. In 2016, the biggest cooperation project in the history of both independent states, Lithuanian cultural season “Lithuania – Ukraine: Cultural Partnership 2016”, was held in Ukraine. It covered the areas of fine arts, music, theatre, modern dance, cinema, literature, architecture, fashion and graphical design. The Lithuanian cultural attaché in Ukraine is also working actively. Ten Lithuanian honorary consuls in Ukraine are also contributing to spread of our national culture and art and direct cooperation between the organizations.

Lithuania and Ukraine are cooperating intensively in the areas of cinema and fine arts. The branch “Vilnius Workshop” of the private Kiev gallery “Tsech” was opened in Vilnius in 2016. The major festivals and art fairs held in our country have paid special attention to Ukraine in the recent years. It was introduced as an honorary guest in the fair of modern art “Art Vilnius 2015”, in Vilnius Book Fair in 2016, and in the festival “Spring of Cinema” in 2017 and 2018. The Lithuanian Artists’ Association and private galleries are organizing plein-airs, exhibitions, and auctions meant to support Ukraine.