The Ministers of Culture of Lithuania and Ukraine have signed a Cooperation Programme

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2021 03 18

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Today (18 March), a Cooperation Programme between the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania and the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine was signed in Kiev.

The bilateral agreement was signed by Lithuania's Minister of Culture, Simonas Kairys, and by Ukraine's Minister of Culture and Information Policy, Oleksandr Tkachenko.

Minister of Culture Kairys says that Ukraine and Lithuania have established firm cultural connections, which, in accordance with the new programme, will be possible to broaden and deepen. Up to now, the two countries have devoted a great deal of attention to sharing experience in the area of forming and implementing cultural policy, exchanges of experts, and creative partnerships.

“Today we turn a new page in the history of cultural relations between our countries. The new Cooperation Programme joins together two things very important to Ukraine and Lithuania: our intertwined past and our fraternal future. Both countries have long been connected by the shared movable and immovable cultural heritage on their territories, which especially requires cooperation between us and the sharing of experience and expert knowledge, and awareness-raising projects like exhibitions and publications. I believe that the new Cooperation Programme will in this respect become a significant stimulus. I also believe that during the new programme period we will provide even more opportunities to the young cultural professionals of both countries, for exchanges, visits, joint creative initiatives and ambitious projects,” said Minister of Culture Kairys.

Both countries agreed to further develop cultural relations and cultural exchanges as well as cooperation in the areas of theatre, music, choreography, visual and amateur art, cinema, literature, creative industries, libraries and museums, and the effective use and preservation of monuments and other objects of cultural and historical heritage. In addition, the countries commit to cooperate in the area of preservation of the cultures of ethnic minorities and to encourage initiatives by the Lithuanian ethnic minority in Ukraine and by the Ukrainian ethnic minority in Lithuania.

During the visit in Kiev, a meeting between Ministers Kairys and Tkachenko is also planned.