COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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Lithuania/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.4 Direct professional co-operation

Since Declaration of Independence in 1990, one of the main features of Lithuania's international cultural co-operation policy was directed to Baltic and the Nordic countries.Nordic-Baltic co-operation in the past years was developed and created positive results in all sectors of art and culture. With the support of the Norway financial mechanism and the European Economic Area (EEA), the Art Colony in Nida was established in 2009-2010. A new institution functions as a unit of Vilnius Academy of Arts, and aims to develop artistic exchange and residential activities for design, architecture, visual and applied art students, professors, and researchers. In October 2014, Res Artis Regional Meeting was held in Vilnius and Nida which presented potential residency operators from Baltic countries, Central Asia, Eastern partnership countries, Nordic countries and the Russian Federation (see: http://www.resartis.org/en/meetings/regional_meetings/2014).

In 2004, the Culture Ministries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania launched the Baltic Training Programme for museum specialists, and annual workshops at the "Baltic Museology Summer School" are dedicated to improving professional and museum management skills. The workshops started in Latvia in 2004.

Three ministries have also signed a programme of cultural co-operation for the years 2012 – 2014, which aims to develop common projects in the fields of arts, film, theatre, libraries, museums, etc. Cultural heritage co-operation in the Baltic Sea States was initiated in the 1990s by the Ministers of Culture. The result was the creation of a network of institutions and a longer term programme. Co-operation is focused on monitoring and implementing activities in the fields of underwater heritage, costal culture and maritime heritage, building preservation and sustainable historic towns.

With the support of the MEDIA Training Programme of the European Community, the Lithuanian Theatre and Music Academy organises the International Summer Media Studios for film producers each year, since 2001. The "Summer MEDIA studio" (SMS) is an international film workshop and aims to train European Union film students: the two-week workshops include theoretical and practical elements. The project's pedagogical and financial partners are Helsinki Metropolia University, the Latvian Academy of Culture, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht, and the National Academy for Theatre & Film Arts (NAFTA, Bulgaria) (see: http://www.summermediastudio.com/).

Close links are maintained with Scandinavian and Baltic countries through programmes such as the festivals and symposiums organised by Ars Baltica. The first step towards an initiative aiming at the support and facilitation of cultural cooperation around the Baltic Sea was taken in 1989 / 1990 in Schleswig-Holstein, Northern Germany. The network advocates for the significance of arts and culture on the political level and promotes the cultural life around the Baltic Sea outside the own core region. In addition to public institutions, some Lithuanian NGO's take part in Ars Baltica projects as well such as the International Contemporary Baltic Dance Festival, Festival of Small Film Forms "Nets", etc. Other important cooperation platforms in this field include e.g. Baltic Films, an umbrella organisation that promotes films from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania and represents their works at major film festivals and markets (see: http://www.ars-baltica.net/). ARS BALTICA maintains tight links with the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS).

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Mobility trends and case studies

Examples of mobility schemes for artists and cultural professionals in Lithuania


Chapter published: 28-11-2014

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