Minister of culture: ‘Festival Baltica promotes and strengthens the relationship between people and countries’

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2017 07 10

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On July 7, the Lithuanian Minister of Culture Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson met with the organisers and participants of the international folklore festival Baltica. Ms Ruokytė-Jonsson welcomed the festival’s participants who arrived in Lithuania from various countries of the world, and stressed that for many years the festival has been consistently pursuing the glorious and important mission of promoting and strengthening the mutual relationship between people and countries.

“The 30th Baltica festival this year is held in Lithuania, which initiated this significant event many years ago. I would like to thank so much folklore groups from India, Korea, Japan, Spain, Poland, Ukraine, Greece, Mexico and Brazil as well as Latvia and Estonia, and the outstanding folklore ensembles of Lithuania. You are doing a great job in fostering friendship and understanding between nations,” said Ms Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson.

The minister pointed out that this year festival’s theme ‘We and the Nature’ is of high importance for every individual, no matter where they live, as well as every country and the whole world. “Human relationship with nature sensitively manifests itself in the traditions and folklore of various nations. So, it is important to pass all this intangible treasure onto the modern-day society, which must be aware that it is responsible for everything that takes place in the world. The language of culture is the most understandable – it promotes cooperation and disseminates culture,” pointed out   Ms Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson.

Aimed at promoting cultural cooperation, the international folklore festival Baltica every year is hosted in a different Baltic country – Lithuania, Latvia, or Estonia. Baltica is included in the list of CIOFF (The International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts under UNESCO).