Minister of Culture: Lithuania is open to wider cultural partnership with Scotland


2018 08 22


Lithuania and Scotland are very unique and interesting in terms of their history and culture. Co-operation between the two countries takes place in many cultural and artistic fields. However, besides making better use of all the existing possibilities, it is also necessary to look for new forms of co-operation. Such a mutual view was expressed by Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson, Minister of Culture of Lithuania, and Fiona Jane Hyslop, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, who met in Edinburgh on Wednesday. Minister Ruokytė-Jonsson is attending the three-day Edinburgh International Culture Summit.

‘Scotland has a rich and open cultural scene, Lithuanian artists find it interesting to act and present their art there. There they find a great, artistic and appreciating audience. And Scotland’s creators and artists are always welcome in Lithuania. Both of our countries belong to the common Nordic Baltic region and could work even more closely together – especially by promoting direct contacts between cultural experts and specialists of modern culture and art management’, said Minister of Culture L. Ruokytė-Jonsson.

The Minister of Culture of Lithuania thanked for the Scottish Government's invitation to participate in the Edinburgh International Culture Summit and share best practices. ‘We are currently addressing issues that were and still are relevant to the whole of Europe. First of all, it concerns cultural education and issues of decentralisation of cultural financing, transferring more powers to the regions’, said Minister Ruokytė-Jonsson. The meeting also included discussions on the importance of co-operation in filmmaking, protecting cultural heritage, and promoting women's leadership.

L. Ruokytė-Jonsson also met with the director of the Edinburgh Art Festival Sorcha Carey who shared with the Minister how such world-class art festivals are organised and how the issues of programme formation, financing, and co-ordination are addressed. The possibilities of presenting Lithuanian art in this festival were discussed as well.

The Minister of Culture also met with the Mayor of Edinburgh Frank Ross. Edinburgh is an exceptional Scottish city, famous for world-class art festivals, its cultural aura. Lithuania is interested in strengthening the cultural links of Vilnius and Edinburgh, developing co-operation with the famous Collective Gallery of Edinburgh, as well as other important Edinburgh cultural and art institutions.

Minister of Culture L. Ruokytė-Jonsson will participate in the opening ceremony of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit this afternoon.