It is planned to present the Lithuanian culture more extensively in China


2018 11 11


Lithuania is going to present its culture in Shanghai International Arts Festival in 2020 when it will celebrate the 30th anniversary of independence restoration. That was the message of Mrs. Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson, Minister of Culture, who met Mrs. Yu Xiufen, Managing Director of Culture, Radio, Cinema and Television of the Administration of Shanghai City Municipality in this city.

“We regard Shanghai as one of the most important cultural centres not only in China, but also in the entire East Asia. We are glad that our artists are welcome there – their performances are watched by full theatre and concert halls. The exhibitions and other events also do not lack visitors. Participation in the famous Shanghai International Arts Festival in 2020, the year that is of exceptional importance for Lithuania, will help us to make one more big step forward cultural cooperation of Lithuania and China and learning about each other. This festival is an excellent stage for more expansive presentation of our culture,” – says Minister L. Ruokytė-Jonsson.

According to the Minister of Culture, Lithuania is going to present theatrics and visual arts more thoroughly in Shanghai International Arts Festival two years later. Mrs. L. Ruokytė-Jonsson also noted during the meeting that Kaunas will be a European Capital of Culture in 2022 and thus introduced briefly the new cooperation possibilities associated with this event and invited to make use of them.

In order to make the cooperation of the Lithuanian and Chinese creative industries more active, the Minister of Culture is also meeting heads of various artistic organizations in Shanghai. The Minister L. Ruokytė-Jonsson used the meeting with the General-Secretary of Shanghai International Dance Centre, Mrs. Cathy Wang, and manager of Shanghai Dance Theatre, Mrs. Sabrina Chen Li, to discuss the opportunities to present the Lithuanian modern dance and ballet more extensively in 2020, to make closer contacts with the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, M. K. Čiurlionis Arts School, Lithuanian modern dance companies, dance pedagogues, and choreographers.