Future visit of Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary was discussed at meeting between Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys and Kingdom of Denmark’s Ambassador

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2021 09 02

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The Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys held a meeting today with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to Lithuania Hans Brask and the Director of the Danish Cultural Institute in the Baltic states Simon Drewsen Holmberg.

At the meeting, the discussed topics included the two countries’ cultural and diplomatic relations as well as the visit to Lithuania by the Crown Princess Mary of Denmark in late September. 

One of the main elements of this visit is the exhibition “Awakening of Nations. Danish Golden Age of Painting”, which will be opened on 30 September at the Vytautas Kasiulis Museum of Art. The exhibition will be followed by a programme of events. It is organised on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the recognition of Lithuania’s independence and the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations. The exhibition will be opened by the Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. At the exhibition, art is combined with politics: it shows the special relationship between Lithuania and Denmark that was formed when Lithuania was fighting for independence. The relationship is revealed by the works of the so-called “golden age” of Danish painting that were selected for the exhibition. The 19th century works presented at the exhibition helped recognise central Denmark as a homogeneous unit where, despite hardships, a rich spiritual and artistic life was thriving. The exhibition’s organisers are the Lithuanian National Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Denmark.

The Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys noted that culture is the foundation of international relations, while this year’s anniversaries that link Denmark with Lithuania demonstrate a relationship with history, therefore these relations have to be nurtured and strengthened.

Director of the Danish Cultural Institute emphasised that this institute maintains close relations with Kaunas, which will become the European Capital of Culture next year. Simonas Kairys, remembering the origins of this process, noted that culture and cultural heritage can change the direction of a city’s communication. According to Kairys, this is illustrated by the example of Kaunas’ modernist architecture, which is sought to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Lithuania cooperates with Denmark comprehensively in the fields of visual arts, cinema, theatre, dance, music, archives, museums, and libraries. Our country’s libraries are involved in significant multilateral library projects, including those with Denmark’s libraries. Relations with Denmark’s museums are also maintained by Lithuanian Sea Museum, while the National Museum of Lithuania is planning a joint exhibition with Moesgaard Museum next year. Cooperation is also intense in the field of cinema: in 2013, the Lithuanian Film Centre (LFC) established a relationship with the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (CPH:DOX). In 2012, on the LFC’s initiative, a cooperation agreement was signed regarding Lithuanian filmmakers’ participation in the festival’s programme CPH:LAB, which is dedicated to the promotion of joint film productions. Since 2018, the LFC has been cooperating with the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Denmark and the Danish Cultural Institute in the organising of the Baltic Frames festival in Denmark. In 2018, based on Denmark’s experience, the largest cinema education project of recent years was organised in Lithuania’s schools: a creative workshop for 5th to 8th grade pupils during which the children made short films, attended film screenings and discussed cinema in the entire Lithuania.