Shanghai Arts Festival is a big stage to present the Lithuanian culture


2018 11 12


As Lithuania is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its independence restoration in 2020 and wants to introduce its culture more extensively to the world, it will be able to take part in Shanghai International Arts Festival as a special guest. The Minister of Culture, Mrs. Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson discussed the participation conditions and programme during the meeting with the President of Shanghai International Arts Festival, Mrs. Catherine J. Wang.

The Minister of Culture, who is in Shanghai for work visit, said that Lithuania would like to present its art of dance, theatre and music more extensively in the festival that will take place two years later. “Shanghai Festival of Culture is the best stage for this. Recently the Lithuanian and Chinese cultural relations have strengthened. Although numerous representatives of the Lithuanian culture and art have already participated in Shanghai Arts Festival earlier, we will try to send as many representatives of various art areas and creative industries as possible to the festival in 2020, – said Minister L. Ruokytė-Jonsson. – We regard Shanghai Arts Festival as one of the best organized events of such character in East Asia. Therefore, we are ready to make use of the possibilities offered for our culture and artists.”

The festival’s President, Mrs. C. J. Wang noted that its organizers are well familiar with the Lithuanian experience of successful participation in international cultural festivals, including the ones held in China.

Shanghai International Arts Festival is important for artists, culture creators and organizations. The fair is also organized. It provides the possibility for self-introduction of Chines and foreign theatrical and concert organizations. The producers, representatives of theatres and festivals, and other participants of art industry from entire China come to the fair in search for interesting artistic productions. The conditions are created for the country that participates as a special guest (as Lithuania in 2020) to present itself more extensively – not only in the area of culture, but also in the areas of business, tourism, etc. Therefore, the Minister believes that several ministries will have to cooperate while getting ready for the festival.

The Minister of Culture expressed the intention to present Lithuanian and Baltic (Lithuanian, Estonian and Latvian) cinema in 2020 extensively in the meeting with representatives of Shanghai International Arts Festival. This festival was held for the first time in 1993 and it has grown to the international film festival of top level and is one of the largest in East Asia. It was agreed during the conversation to grant special programme for the Baltic films in 2020.

The Minister L. Ruokytė-Jonsson also met the art director of Shanghai Centre of Drama Arts, Mrs. Tian Shu, and discussed cooperation in the theatre area through organization of tours, invitation of stage directors, and implementation of other joint projects.