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Lithuania/ 8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives  

8.4.2 Cultural houses and community cultural clubs

In 2013, there were 761 cultural centres and their branches located in urban and rural territories of Lithuania, with 3 985 amateur art groups and studios, and 53 216 participants organised in various groups of amateur arts.Children's and youth groups comprise 41% of participants (see:

In 2006, the government passed the Resolution on the Programme of Modernisation of Culture Centres. The programme foresees renovation of culture centres, providing new technical equipment and improvement of cultural services. The Programme is financed annually from the Government's Investment Programme and is applied to cultural centres of the "Upper" and "First" categories in the classification of centres.

During the last year the activities of local rural communities was rather significant. Some multidisciplinary cultural centres were established, combining visual arts, performance, entertainment, education, media and the youth sectors. There are several rural art galleries, established by local communities (e.g., Panevėžys district), which combine visual and performance art activities. Local communities are taking the initiative to establish intercultural centres.

Chapter published: 28-11-2014

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