Minister of Culture met Italian Ambassador Francesco Fransoni


2018 01 30


The Minister of Culture Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson met the new Italian Ambassador in Lithuania Francesco Fransoni. During the meeting, the bilateral interdepartmental agreement memorandum of the Ministry of Culture of Lithuania and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activity and Tourism of Italy, which is being prepared at the moment and which is dedicated to the strengthening and intensifying the bilateral cooperation in the field of culture, was discussed. The agreement is planned to focus on the implementation of specific activities in the period of 3-5 years. The agreement will partially implement the agreement signed by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and the Government of the Republic of Italy on the cooperation in the fields of culture, education, studies, science and technologies signed in 1996.

The Minister congratulated the Ambassador on the appointment in Lithuania and expressed her gratitude for the contribution of Italy to the strengthening of bilateral relations of Lithuania and Italy in culture and arts. The Italian Ambassador informed that it was anticipated to appoint the head of the Italian Institute of Culture in Vilnius in the middle of this year. The activity of the institute is significant for the development and promotion of direct cooperation with institutions of culture and arts.

The FLUX Festival Lituano Delle Arti, a large event dedicated to the centenary of the restored state of Lithuania to be held in the famous Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome on 4-15 May 2018, was discussed during the meeting.

The Minister of Culture also rejoiced for the exhibition “MAGMA. Body and Words in Italian and Lithuanian Women’s Art from 1965 to the Present” opened in Rome last week. The project of visual arts curated by Benedetta Carpi de Resmini and Laima Kreivytė was prepared by the National Gallery of Art in cooperation with the National Institute for the Graphic Design (Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica) in Rome.