Meeting with Ambassador of Italy gave attention to culture of both countries and joint projects


2021 01 22


The Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys had a remote meeting with the Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to Lithuania Diego Ungaro. 

European initiatives focused on culture, the cultural affairs and key projects of both countries, as well as the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Italy and Lithuania were discussed during the meeting. 

In the beginning, the Ambassador of Italy thanked Lithuania for its support during the first wave of the coronavirus and expressed solidarity with Lithuania, which has suffered gravely from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Simonas Kairys stated that he supports the Italian Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini’s proposal to establish the European Reading Alliance, which would seek to place more emphasis on reading. 

“This alliance could operate as a network for the exchange of knowledge and good practices in the field, and encourage mobility of writers, interpreters and editors in European countries. 

Since 2006, the Reading Promotion Programme has been in force in Lithuania, which aims to formulate and implement national policy of reading promotion, to motivate people of various ages and various social groups to read, to strengthen institutional cooperation, and to ensure creation and support of a reading environment,” the Minister said. 

The Director of Italian Institute of Culture Vieri Sorace-Maresca, who participated in the conversation, pointed out that even though events are not possible due to the pandemic, the institute’s activities have not come to a halt: currently they are focused the most on translation and on planning of future activities. 

After Simonas Kairys inquired about Italy’s presidency of the G20 international forum, the ambassador presented the key aspects of the presidency and assured that Italy will continue to devote attention to the cultural sector in its agenda, especially to cultural heritage and its preservation. 

This year marks 30th anniversary since the restoration of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and Italy. On this occasion, the possible events dedicated to it were considered during the meeting. The conversation also gave attention to Kaunas, which will become the European Capital of Culture next year, and other possible joint projects of the two countries. The Ambassador of Italy expressed delight about the successful visual arts project M/A\G/M\A, created in 2017 by the National Gallery of Art and the National Institute for the Graphic Design in Rome. Diego Ungaro hopes that other similar projects will be developed in the future.