Lithuania and Bavaria are preparing a programme of cultural cooperation


2019 07 03


Lithuania and German land of Bavaria are going to prepare a programme of cultural cooperation that should strengthen relations between Lithuanian and Bavarian cultural and artistic organizations, creators and artists. Two years later, it is planned to present Lithuanian culture and art in Munich and other Bavarian cities. It is provided in the memorandum on preparation and implementation of the programme of cultural cooperation signed today by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuanian and the Bavarian Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts. It was signed by the Minister of Culture, Mr. Mindaugas Kvietkauskas, and Bavarian Minister of Higher Education, Research and the Arts, Mr. Bernd Sibler.

According to the Minister M. Kvietkauskas, Lithuania has had close cultural relations with the German land of Bavaria for many centuries. They are linked by common cultural heritage and preservation of historical memory.

“Many Lithuanian artists, famous writers have been studying and creating in Munich since old times. Many of them are working in Munich at present, too. It is important to continue cultural relations and exchanges between Lithuania and Bavaria and to make them regular. I believe that memorandum of understanding signed today and the programme prepared on its ground will induce long-term cooperation between Bavarian and Lithuanian cultural professionals, creators and organizations in the areas of music, literature, theatre, cinema, fine arts, and preservation of cultural memory, – said Mr. M. Kvietkauskas. – I also hope that the Lithuanian cultural spring and autumn in Munich and Bavaria will be a colourful cultural event of the year 2021 as we are laying foundations for it by signing tis document.”

According to the Minister of Higher Education, Research and the Arts, Mr. B. Sibler, the Bavarian land and Lithuania have many common points so it is important to continue creating solid and reliable relations. The dotted line of cultural cooperation draw today will definitely make them stronger.

The preparation and implementation conditions of the programme of cultural cooperation between Lithuania and Bavaria are defined in the signed memorandum of understanding. The programme should be approved in the first half of 2020 and it is planned to be implemented in spring and autumn 2021.

The Lithuanian and Bavarian ministers of culture also discussed the possibility to arrange an exhibition in the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania in 2021 that would be connected to the Lithuanian values stored in Bavaria.

Today minister M. Kvietkauskas also met Mr. Thomas Osterkamp, project manager of Munich Concert Hall. He shared his experience relevant to Lithuania that is starting implementation of the project of National Concert Hall.

The Minister of Culture is meeting Mrs. Tanja Graf, director of Munich House of Literature, on Wednesday. He plans to invite her to Lithuania to discuss the possibilities to organize a cycle of literary events in Munich.