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Lithuania/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.3 European / international actors and programmes

Lithuanian cultural and arts institutions and non-governmental organisations participate in programmes initiated by the Council of Europe, the European Union, UNESCO, and other international organisations and foundations.

The Ministry of Culture is responsible for implementing and monitoring the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (ratified by the Seimas in 2006). Lithuania as an observer participated in UNESCO's 6th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions on 10-14 December, 2012.  

Since 2009, Lithuania participates in Nordic and Baltic States cultural mobility and residency programme, co-ordinated by the Nordic Council of Ministers. The Programme for Artists' Residencies was launched in 2012 and consists of three modules: network funding, artists' mobility funding and artists' residencies. Programme provides funding to invite international artists to stay and work in creative residencies in Lithuania. The National Co-funding Mechanism for European Cultural Cooperation Projects, which has the aim of encouraging the participation of cultural operators in EU cultural programmes, was launched in 2012.

The ICP Centre (the Lithuanian Institute) successfully developed the programme "Europe for Citizens": in 2011, 50 applications were submitted to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), which is administering the programme. Since 2011 the ICP Centre has been officially invited to take part in the activities of the EUNIC association. However, the number of Lithuanian culture organisations participating in the EU programme "Culture" is low: e.g, only 3 projects were supported by this programme in 2013.

Mobility Funding Guide for Lithuania (2014 edition) provides the list of organisations and institutions in Lithuania with funding opportunities for the international mobility of artists and culture professionals in Europe (see:

Lithuanian state institutions, culture and art organisations, NGO's (especially from the regions), permanently promote the projects and ideas of Nordic art and culture in Lithuania aimed at developing Nordic-Lithuanian cultural cooperation. In this context, the Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Vilnius plays a key role in co-ordinating and elaborating joint bilateral or multilateral projects. The Nordic Council of Ministers' co-operation with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania is directed by guidelines agreed by the Nordic Ministers for Co-operation in July 2013 and adopted by the Nordic Council in October 2013. The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for culture provides funding for network building in the long and the short term, artists-in-residencies and mobility for professional artists and in all areas of art and culture. The Nordic Culture Fund supports projects of Nordic-Baltic co-operation within the fields of art, theatre, music and media.

Chapter published: 28-11-2014

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