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Lithuania/ 8.2 Cultural consumption and participation  

8.2.2 Policies and programmes

The Ministry of Culture provides support for regional or municipal cultural projects and professional art performances outside the bigger cultural centres as well as those initiatives of ethnic cultural groups. In 2011, the Ministry of Culture passed the Resolution on the Programme of Development of Culture in the Regions for the year 2012-2020. Total financing by the Ministry of cultural activities in the regions and maintenance of institutions (Centre of Folk Culture) was 12 767 000 LTL in 2014. The Programme of Development of Ethnic Culture may be closed at the end of 2014 (launched in 2010). The Lithuanian Culture Council supports the programmes / projects which help to increase the cultural activities of municipalities and NGOs and to extend presentations of professional art performances beyond the bigger cultural centres.

Museums, theatres, concert organisations and other cultural establishments provide cultural services at special rates (ticket prices, season-tickets, open-door days for school children, etc.). Local, regional, or republican-level events, competitions, and festivals also promote participation in (amateur) cultural life, especially in rural areas.

Since 1995, Vilnius International Film Festival (Vilnius IFF) "Kino pavasaris" ("Cinema's Spring") became one of the most anticipated annual cultural events in Lithuania and is the largest cinematic event in the country. In March every year the festival provides a high quality independent film programme and presented more than 249 films in 2014. The public's interest in the independent international cinema festival has been increasing since 2005, and achieved 99 798 in 2014 (72 000 cinemagoers in 2013), which is a really impressive number in a country of 3 million people (see:

Since 2010, following the example of the European culture capital tradition, the competition "Culture Capital of Lithuania" has become an important factor for local and regional cultural and arts development. Each nominated municipality (Panevėžys City in 2014) implements special cultural programmes, organises music, theatre festivals, exhibitions, provides educational workshops for children and young people, and co-operates with partners in foreign countries. The project substantially accelerated the activities of local communities, schools, arts and culture institutions, and stimulated society's participation and the variety of cultural services.

Chapter published: 11-12-2014

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