Cultural operators discussed benefits and challenges of international cooperation


2016 10 07


On 5-6 October, representatives of cultural organizations from Lithuania and Norway have gathered in Vilnius at the conference „International Cooperation: Cultural Players‘ Insights on its Benefits and Challenges“.

The event was aimed at promoting international cultural cooperation and providing the platform for knowledge exchange between the players of the cultural sector. The two-day event attracted around 150 people.

Topics such as sustainability of partnerships, regional audience development, different benefits and challenges of international cooperation for the emerging and the well-established cultural organizations were discussed through the project examples recently implemented with support of the EEA Grants.

Laimonas Ubavičius, chancellor of the Ministry of Culture, congratulated cultural workers and artists that achieved remarkable results and underlined the importance of fruitful cooperation between the Arts Council Norway, the Ministry of Culture, the Central Project Management Agency and cultural organizations.

“Improved access to professional art and culture outside the biggest cities, increased mobility of artists and cultural workers, strengthened capacities and strong partnerships developed – these are the principal achievements of the programme. New possibilities for people is the essence of the EEA Grants and of international cooperation in general”, said L. Ubavičius.

The conference was also attended by a special guest Jordi Pardo, member of the European Commission panel of experts in charge of selection and monitoring the European Capitals, including the evaluation of Lithuanian applications for 2022. His presentation ‘Creative Cities: connecting tradition to innovation and local visions to international dimension’ shed light on the connections between culture, urban planning and management, tourism, economic and social development.

The EEA Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reducing economic and social disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with 16 European Union countries. 11 international culture and arts projects have been realized in cooperation between cultural organizations from Lithuania, Norway and Iceland in the period of 2015–2017. More information on the results are provided in the publication >>>