Simonas Kairys: “2022 will open up special opportunities for cultural cooperation between Lithuania and France”

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2021 11 25

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On 24 November, the Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys met with France’s Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin in Paris. The ministers discussed the prospects of bilateral cultural cooperation and the priorities of France’s upcoming presidency of the Council of the EU in the field of culture.

According to the Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys, even though France and Lithuania can already be proud of their strong cultural relations, in the near future, the circumstances will make it possible to strengthen them even more. In 2022, France will start its presidency of the Council of the EU, while Kaunas will become the European Capital of Culture.

“We are the greatest optimists in respect to the EU. The spirit of optimism also permeates the Kaunas modernist architecture. This optimism of ours will definitely be useful not only in the fostering of relations with France and in establishing even closer cultural ties, but also in looking at the future of Europe in general. Together with the Minister of Culture of France, we agreed to consistently strengthen cultural cooperation, because it creates value not just for Lithuania and France but for the entire Old Continent”, the Minister of Culture Kairys said.

One of the most prominent examples of cultural cooperation in the near future is the contribution of France’s culture in the programme of Kaunas – the European Capital of Culture 2022. Kaunas, which will become the capital of culture, will implement joint projects with its twin city Grenoble, which is located in the southeast of France. The programme will also make it possible to get more closely acquainted with the contemporary artists of France.

The ministers of culture also discussed intense cultural cooperation in the fields of cinema, publishing, and music. Kairys emphasised the activities of the French Institute of Lithuania, saying that it is one of the most active cultural institutes in Lithuania which ensures that the component of French culture remains bright and vibrant in Lithuania.

Simonas Kairys invited France’s Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin to visit the opening of the programme of Kaunas – the European Capital of Culture 2022.

Photo by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of France