Minister of Culture M. Kvietkauskas: Poland is an important partner for our cultural cooperation


2019 06 05


Mindaugas Kvietkauskas, the Minister of Culture, visiting Warsaw for a working visit, met with the Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, Minister of Culture and National Heritage, prof. Piotr Gliński. The meeting focused on the state funeral of 1863-1864 rebellion leaders and participants at the Rasos Cemetery in Vilnius, which is planned to be held in autumn. Ministers agreed to exchange information on the organization of the funeral process on a regular basis.

In the autumn, a meeting of the expert group on preservation of cultural heritage in Lithuania and Poland is also scheduled. This group deals with issues of cultural heritage protection, historical memory preservation, exchanges good practice on relevant topics.

The ministers of both countries also discussed the issues of cultural exchange, preservation of cultural heritage significant for both countries, projects of national cultural pathways and their development.

“Close cultural cooperation with neighbouring Poland includes not only the immortalisation of historical memory. Our archives, libraries and museums are cooperating actively. The presentation of Lithuanian culture in Szczecin is planned for the next year. Poland is an important partner for our cultural cooperation”, – says Minister of Culture M. Kvietkauskas, who is visiting Warsaw.

This year marks the 450th anniversary of the signing of the Union of Lublin, which has created a unique European state, the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. On this occasion, from the beginning of July, the international exhibition “Lublin – the City of the Lithuanian-Polish Union”, which is being organized together with Lublin museum, will be held at the National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.

It is planned to open an international exhibition dedicated to the history and heritage of the Dukes Radvila family in October, at the National Museum Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, in cooperation with museums and other memory institutions of Poland, Belarus, Ukraine and other countries.

The Minister of Culture also visited the Department of Baltic Studies of the Faculty of Polish Studies of the University of Warsaw, where he communicated with lecturers and students, and discussed the plans for the congress of specialists in Lithuanian philology dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the re-establishment of Lithuania’s independence, which is intended to be organised next year. The Minister of Culture M. Kvietkauskas also met with Krzysztof Olendzki, Director of Adam Mickiewicz Institute, which is a very important partner in promoting high-level cultural cooperation projects with Poland.

Photo by Danuta Maltoch/MKIDN