During the meeting of the Minister of Culture and the new Ambassador of France, Czesław Miłosz’s commemoration in Paris was discussed


2021 11 05


On Thursday, the Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys met with the newly appointed Ambassador of France Alix Everard. The meeting focused on the Minister of Culture’s upcoming visit to Paris this month as well as the current and future initiatives of bilateral cooperation.

Alix Everard noted that it is important to continue cooperation and seek new points of cultural convergence. The Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys claimed that the historical figures that are linked with both Lithuania and France still contribute to the development and nurturing of cultural connections today. One of such examples is the idea of the Czesław Miłosz stairs in Paris. It would aim to serve as a reminder of the prominent Lithuanian and Polish writer who spent a significant amount of time living and working in this city. There already are Czesław Miłosz’s stairs in Vilnius and Krakow, and it is hoped that they could appear in Paris before 2023.

Simonas Kairys expressed delight about active cooperation with France in the context of the programme of Kaunas – the European Capital of Culture 2022 and the planned joint projects by the partner cities of Kaunas and Grenoble, which has been named the European Green Capital 2022. He also informed the ambassador about the 700th anniversary of Vilnius, which will be marked in 2023. The Ambassador of France expressed hope that the cultural institutions and creators of her country will contribute to the programmes of these commemorative events.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and France, while next year will be the 100th anniversary since Lithuania was recognised de jure by France. Long-term cultural cooperation between the two countries’ cultural and art organisations is encouraged by diligent activities of the Lithuanian Culture Institute, the Lithuanian Film Centre, and Lithuania’s cultural attaché in France. The most active cooperation is in the areas of cinema, literature, visual arts, music, theatre, and dance.

Since 1998, the Institut Français de Lituanie (French Institute in Lithuania) has been operating in the country, whose priority activities include cooperation between universities, researcher exchange, teaching and promotion of the French language, cultural events, and the film festival Žiemos Ekranai.

A meeting of the Minister of Culture and France’s Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin is planned to be held in Paris in November.