Presenting the tools for cultural education and development in the regions of Lithuania at the Edinburgh International Culture Summit


2018 08 24


At the International Culture Summit in Edinburgh, Minister of Culture Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson presented the cultural policy changes, investment in youth education through culture, and the process of balanced cultural development in the regions, which are all currently taking place in Lithuania.

Minister Ruokytė-Jonsson, who spoke at the plenary session on Culture and Investments, introduced the participants to the regional cultural financing model just launched in Lithuania, which gives the regions the opportunity to independently solve important issues of cultural and art project financing, supports cultural initiatives, encourages community members and local creators to participate in decision-making processes.

The Minister of Culture presented to the participants of the forum a successful outcome of the co-operation between the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education and Science – a cultural education project called Cultural Passport. According to Ruokytė-Jonsson, this is a big innovation both in the field of culture and education in Lithuania.

The forum highlighted that the development of the cultural awareness and artistic understanding of students by engaging them in cultural activities is an indication of an advanced, welfare-generating culture.

During her visit to Edinburgh, the Minister of Culture will also meet with Ian Munro, Chief Executive of the Scottish national agency Creative Scotland. This agency administers state and national lottery funding for art, film and creative industries in Scotland, also implements a variety of strategic cultural projects in Scotland and beyond. According to Ruokytė-Jonsson, Lithuania has already benefited from the long years of experience of Creative Scotland, which has been applied by the Lithuanian Council for Culture to improve its activities.

At the end of her stay in Edinburgh, the Minister of Culture will visit the V&A Dundee museum which will open in mid-September. As the only department of the Victoria and Albert Museum outside of London, it is an international centre for design and an important place for cultural education. The spectacular building created by one of the most renowned contemporary architects Kengo Kuma will feature permanent Scottish design exhibitions, ambitious international programmes, and presentations of design works from around the world.