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Lithuania/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.8 Other areas of culture specific legislation

The Law on Cultural Centres (2004) defines the establishment, reorganisation, financing, management and dismantling of cultural centres. There are three categories of culture centres: state, municipal and others (private, confessional community centres, agriculture company centres, etc.). According to the law, different categories of culture centres were adopted. The state is in charge of planning the strategy for cultural centres, to finance their main initiatives, to draft legal acts and to take responsibility for assessing the qualifications of personnel working in the cultural centres. In 2006 the government passed the Resolution on establishment of the Cultural Centres Modernisation Programme for the years 2007-2020. The Programme foresees capital investments in renovation and technical supply of cultural centres of Upper and I categories.

Folk, amateur art, ethnic traditions, regions: the Law on the Principles of the State Protection of Ethnic Culture (1999) and the Seimas Resolution on Validation of the Council for the Protection of Ethnic Culture and Regulations thereof (1999). In 2010, the Ministry of Culture passed the Programme on Development of Ethnic Culture for the year 2010-2016, however due to the economic crisis and the financing of the programme was stopped in 2011 and restarted in 2013. The Strategy on Development of Amateur Art for the year 2010-2016 was adopted by the Minister of Culture in 2010. The Strategy defines objectives, tasks and means of implementation of activities in amateur art sectors (dance, song festivals, art, participation and access, popularisation, etc.). In 2008, the Ministry of Education and Science adopted the Concept of Cultural Education of Children and Young People and the Plan for its implementation. The Programme of Cultural Development of the Regions for the year 2012-2020 was passed in 2011 by the order of the Minister of Culture.

Chapter published: 28-11-2014

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