Visit of the Minister of Culture in Berlin: Development of New Cultural Exchange and Contacts with Germany

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2017 12 08

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December 8-10, the Minister of Culture Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson is paying a working visit to Berlin. The Minister will be meeting the leaders of cultural and art institutions, discuss new cultural cooperation projects, take part in the 30th European Film Awards ceremony.

“Germany is a very important partner of Lithuania in the field of culture. The aim of this visit is to look for the opportunities to develop a range of cultural relations and exchange, to present the works of prominent and young contemporary German artists in Lithuania and to catch interest the German cultural society in the works of Lithuanian authors” said the Minister L. Ruokytė-Jonsson.   

During the visit, the Minister of Culture will be meeting the program director at Berlin Jewish Museum Léontine Meijer-van Mensch, and will discuss the possibility of organizing exhibitions reflecting the history and culture of Lithuanian Jews in this museum. The Minister will also meet with Gabriele Knapstein the director of Hamburger Bahnhof, one of the most important contemporary art museums in Germany, and Felix Hoffmann the senior curator of the Berlin Art Gallery.

December 9, Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson will participate in the 30th anniversary of the European Film Awards organized by the European Film Academy (EFA).

After the Frankfurt International Book Fair of 2002, in which Lithuania participated as the guest country, our writers had a great success presenting themselves to the German-speaking audience of the countries. This year in March, 26 books of Lithuanian authors were translated and published for the international Leipzig Book Fair. The most successful among the critics and the readers was the book by Antanas Škėma “Balta drobulė” (“Das weiße Leintuch”), translated by Claudia Sinnig.

During the recent years, Lithuanian filmmakers have successfully participated in the famous German film festivals in Lübeck, Kassel and Oberhausen. 

Continuous artistic projects take place in cooperation of Lithuanian and German cultural institutions. Lithuanian creators have the opportunity to implement their ideas at the residences of German artists and present their works to the German art lovers.