Baltic countries seek even closer cultural cooperation


2022 09 19


The Vice-Minister of Culture Daina Urbanavičienė attended a meeting of the Baltic Cultural Committee’ in Liepaja, where a cooperation programme of the Baltic ministries of culture was signed for the new period of 2023–2026.

The updated programme aims to continue strengthening the countries’ cultural relations, exchange information and good practices, and continue the previously launched cooperation formats as well as initiate new ones.

The committee’s meeting devoted a lot of attention to the support measures applied by the Baltic countries for the artists and cultural institutions of war-devastated Ukraine and to the necessity to seek new possibilities to aid this country and its creators. During the meeting, information was also shared about the cultural policies of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia as well as the major new initiatives.

Latvia’s representatives presented the latest information about the activities of the jointly funded Baltic Culture Fund, which is currently managed by the Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation. The implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on the translation, publishing and promotion of literary works awarded the Baltic Assembly Prize for Literature, signed in 2020, was also discussed. The delegations’ members expressed delight that tangible results have already been achieved in getting their countries’ readers acquainted with the literary works of other Baltic countries.

During the visit, the countries’ delegations met with the heads of the programme of Liepaja the European Capital of Culture 2027, who presented the goals and concept of the upcoming event.

The format of this trilateral cooperation is related to the Baltic Council of Ministers, founded in 1994. Next year, a meeting is planned to be held in Estonia.

Photo by Daiva Parulskienė