Simonas Kairys discussed plans of cultural cooperation with delegations of Baltic countries, Poland and Ukraine


2022 01 25


After invitation from the Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys, the Ministers of Culture of Estonia, Poland and Ukraine, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Culture of Latvia and the Ambassador of Luxembourg Paul Schmit along with their respective delegations attended the opening of the programme of Kaunas – the European Capital of Culture 2022. According to Kairys, the visit of these countries’ delegations has not only demonstrated significant attention to Kaunas, which will become the European Capital of Culture, but has also paved the way for closer international cooperation.

In Kaunas, Kairys met with Estonia’s Minister of Culture Tiit Terik and the State Secretary of Latvia’s Ministry of Culture Dace Vilsone. During the meeting, the main goals of the ministries’ international cultural policies and the immediate cooperation plans of the Baltic states were discussed. One of such plans is Baltics in Focus 2023, the planned programme of the Baltic film industries at the European Film Market in Berlin in 2023. Simonas Kairys also provided his colleagues with detailed information about the upcoming anniversaries that are significant to the culture of Lithuania: the 100th birth anniversary of Jonas Mekas, which  is marked this year, the 700th anniversary of Vilnius next year, and the 150th birth anniversary of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, which will be marked in 2025.

Simonas Kairys, Dace Vilsone and Tiit Terik agreed to hold more frequent periodical meetings between the heads of the ministries of culture of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in international and trilateral formats. Moreover, they discussed the possibilities of closer cooperation in the field of information literacy and launching joint implementation of the summer school of libraries: an idea which was suggested by Estonia.

The opening events of Kaunas – the European Capital of Culture were also attended by the Deputy Prime Minister of Poland and Minister of Culture and National Heritage Piotr Gliński as well as Ukraine’s Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko. Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys and the guests discussed the possibilities to strengthen cooperation between Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine in the fields of culture and cultural heritage.

During the meeting of the Ministers of Culture of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine, special emphasis was placed on the fact that the shared history of these countries and the cultural heritage which attests to it are especially important both to today and to the society of the future; therefore, the young generation should also be involved in the development of joint projects between these countries as much as possible.

“I am sincerely thankful to the Ministers of Culture of Poland, Latvia, Estonia, and Ukraine, as well as their delegations, for the attention shown to Kaunas, which has become the European Capital of Culture. Our conversations, discussions and exchanges of ideas on this festive weekend have strengthened the sense that we are all a part of one large field of culture, and we are jointly creating the future of Europe, during which culture plays one of the key roles”, Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys said.