COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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The Ministry of Culture’s priorities for 2014 are: access to culture for all; effective management of cultural heritage; international competitiveness; enhancing tolerance and intercultural dialogue; and development of cultural services via the media.

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Lithuania/ 2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy  

2.3 Cultural policy objectives

The Principles for Lithuanian Cultural Policy (2001) set several cultural policy objectives:

  • to preserve cultural heritage and cherish the identity of the national culture;
  • to promote creativity and diversity of arts;
  • to develop an information society;
  • to stimulate openness of national culture and its presentation abroad; and
  • to guarantee participation in culture life and consumption of culture.

These cultural policy objectives were included in The Strategic Plans of the Ministry of Culture till 2011and corresponded to the Council of Europe's cultural objectives: "promotion of identity", "diversity", "support to creativity" and "participation in cultural life". The affirmation of national identity was understood as a traditional cornerstone of national culture. Promotion of artistic creativity and diversity reflected the state's endeavors to support art and artists as an essential part of cultural life and to guarantee a professional level of the arts. On the other hand, participation in cultural life and consumption of culture coincided with the keeping of firm traditions of amateurs and folk culture in Lithuania. These objectives in the strategic plans of the Ministry are addressed in the new wording. 

With a view to achieving a consistent cultural policy and taking into consideration that the situation of culture in Lithuania demands a critical approach, attention and positive changes, as well as the necessity to preserve society's cultural identity and to grant to culture the status of a state-supported priority area, on 30 June 2010, the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania approved the Guidelines for Alteration of the Lithuanian Cultural Policy. The Guidelines is the key political document that provides for alterations in the planning and implementation of cultural policy, creating preconditions for changing the role of culture in the state. A few important culture policy objectives and development directions are underlined in the document as strategic:

  • to reform the cultural administration and to ensure its self - regulation;
  • to enhance financing of culture;
  • to guarantee protection of copyright and neighbouring rights, and to enlarge their importance for the creative industries;
  • to shape an integral cultural heritage protection policy by creating its coherence with urban development;
  • to improve access to culture; and
  • to propagate Lithuanian culture abroad.

In practise, many of these new objectives reflected the basic principles of state culture policy of 2000s.In implementing this document, the government approved the Inter-Institutional Action Plan for 2012-2014 Implementing the Guidelines for Alteration of the Lithuanian Cultural Policy (see: http://www.lrvk.lt).

The Ministry of Culture set several priorities for the year 2014:

  • access to culture for all groups in society;
  • effectiveness of protection and relevance of cultural heritage;
  • international competitiveness of Lithuanian culture and cultural products;
  • enhancing tolerance and intercultural dialogue; and
  • development of cultural services via the media.

Kapitel publiziert: 28-11-2014

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