Simonas Kairys: “The programmes of Kaunas and Novi Sad share ambition and attention to local communities”


2022 01 14


Kaunas, Novi Sad (Serbia) and Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg) have started 2022 with the shared title of the European Capital of Culture.

The Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys, who attended the opening events of Novi Sad – the European Capital of Culture 2022 this week, expressed hope that the programmes of the capitals of culture will bring the artists of different countries even closer together and provide them with even more opportunities.

“Impressive opening of the programme of Novi Sad 2022 became an excellent introduction to the entire ambitious programme of this city of Serbia. It aims to not only promote the name of Novi Sad in Europe and nurture the values of the EU in this EU candidate country, but also to include the local population in the processes as much as possible. In my opinion, the ambitious programme and the strong focus on the local people are what unites the programmes of Novi Sad and Kaunas. We are glad that, for this entire year, both Serbia’s artists in Lithuania and Lithuania’s artists in Serbia will have more opportunities to introduce their work. I believe that the established connections will keep getting stronger and will develop into long-term cooperation and significant joint projects in the future”, Simonas Kairys said.

The main idea of the narrative of Novi Sad’s programme ‘4 New Bridges’ is to improve the city’s cultural life by launching new programmes, involving the local population, and building new spaces for culture. The programme includes over 1,500 cultural events and participation of 4,000 artists from the city, the entire Serbia and abroad.

The programmes of Novi Sad 2022 and Kaunas 2022 include several cooperation projects of both European capitals of culture. In Kaunas, the solo exhibition Memory of Being by the Serbian-born world-renowned performance artist Marina Abramović will be presented. Kaunas Biennial also invites people to get acquainted with the work of Serbian artists. Soon, the Kaunas Photography Gallery will also host an exhibition by Serbian authors. In Kaunas, the Kaunas Jazz festival will connect Kaunas and Novi Sad with joint broadcasts. At the same time, Lithuanian band Sheep Got Waxed will participate in a jazz festival taking place in Novi Sad. Ramunė Pigagaitė’s photo exhibition People of My Town has been opened in Novi Sad thanks to the joint effort of the Serbs and the Lithuanian artist.

The full programme of Novi Sad 2022 is based on eight topics that are relevant to Europe, such as migration, peace, multiculturalism, the role of women in art, and youth participation in culture.

In the photo: Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys and Serbia’s Minister of Culture and Information Maja Gojković