Vice-Ministers of Culture visiting Poland: “We encourage other countries to also provide support to Ukraine in the field of culture”


2022 05 06


The Vice-Ministers of Culture Vygintas Gasparavičius and Daina Urbanavičienė, who have made a working visit to Warsaw, met with Secretary of State Jarosław Sellin of Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

The meeting’s participants shared information about the countries’ applied measures to support Ukraine and sanctions to Russia in the field of culture. Lithuania and Poland actively seek to block and isolate Russia in international forums and organisations; they also provide and encourage other countries to provide support to Ukraine in the field of culture.

Vygintas Gasparavičius and Daina Urbanavičienė provided information on the joint creative projects launched in Lithuania with Ukraine’s artists, the awarded scholarships for the latter country’s culture and art workers, their employment possibilities, the openness of Lithuanian cultural and art institutions to all Ukrainian refugees, the support in providing Ukraine with TV transmitters and technical help to its museums. Jarosław Sellin noted that similar support measures are applied in Poland as well.

Lithuania’s representatives also provided information on successful tour of Kharkiv National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Lithuania and suggested that Poland could provide the conditions of this theatre’s tour in their country as well.

During the meeting, information was exchanged about the launching of Ukrainian national e-heritage initiative. On 12 May, it will be discussed in the tripartite Lublin Triangle format meeting of Ukraine’s, Poland’s and Lithuania’s representatives in Warsaw.

The Vice-Ministers of Culture Gasparavičius and Urbanavičienė also met with the artist Stasys Eidrigevičius, who resides and works in Warsaw. During the meeting, they discussed the concept, activities and prospects of the future Stasys Eidrigevičius Art Centre in Panevėžys. This centre is planned to be opened in the summer of next year.

Photo by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland