Simonas Kairys’ visit in Paris and Brussels focused on cultural cooperation, programme of Kaunas 2022, and heritage


2021 11 23


The Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys has started his visit in Paris today, which will focus on cultural cooperation between Lithuania and France and the upcoming year of the programme of Kaunas – the European Capital of Culture.

Later Simonas Kairys will travel to Brussels, where he will attend the meeting of the EU Council of Culture Ministers. 

In Paris, a meeting is planned to be held between Kairys and France’s Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, ambassadors of the member states of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, representatives of the Paris mayor’s office and the Pompidou Centre, the management of Festival d’Automne, the main festival of performing arts in Paris, the President of the French Culture Institute and representatives of many other cultural institutions and organisations in Paris. A meeting between the Minister and Lithuanian artists who live in France is also planned.

The Minister of Culture will also attend the opening of the exhibition Transitory. Photographs of Esch-sur-Alzette – Kaunas – Novi Sad in Paris. This is a joint photography exhibition by artists from Kaunas, Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg) and Novi Sad (Serbia), which will serve as a prelude to 2022, when all three of these cities will be the European capitals of culture.

On 29–30 November, Simonas Kairys will be visiting Belgium, where he will take part in the EU Council of Culture and Audiovisual Ministers. Together with colleagues from other EU member states, the Minister of Culture will participate in the political discussion “Cultural Heritage and the Rights to Heritage in the Context of the Future of Sustainable Development and Europe”. The council’s findings will also be approved regarding culture, high-quality architecture and built environment as particularly significant elements of the New European Bauhaus initiative and regarding the increase of the accessibility and competitiveness of the European audio-visual and media content.

During his visit in Belgium, Simonas Kairys will meet with the head of the Flagey arts centre, the management of the HISK art residence, and the Honorary Consuls of Lithuania in Belgium.

Photo by Martynas Plepys