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Lithuanian architects are bringing together European and Ukrainian counterparts to preserve cultural heritage in Ukraine.
Asta Pakarklytė, Chairwoman of the Lithuanian Council for Culture, and Rūta Stepanovaitė, Director of Administration, participated in the 9th World Summit on Arts and Culture in Stockholm. The meeting was organized by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies in conjunction with the Swedish Arts Council. The main theme of this year's conference is creative freedom, and the goal is to unlock the power of culture through collaboration and dialogue in an international context.
The meeting was attended in person by the heads of the Arts Councils of Norway, Sweden, Finland, England and Scotland, the Cultural Foundations of Latvia and Estonia and the Joint Nordic Cultural Foundation, and representatives of the Arts Councils of Wales and Northern Ireland joined remotely. During the meeting, three main sessions were held. The first one talked about regional cooperation, presented the cases of Nordic and Baltic cultural funds, the second – reviewed the conditions for the creation of artists, analyzing Finnish and Scottish initiatives, discussing the situation in Sweden, Norway and Estonia, and the third – discussing the topics of environmental protection and green mobility.
Rūta Stepanovaitė, Director of Administration of the Lithuanian Council for Culture, and Marija Pečiulytė, Senior Analyst of the Monitoring and Analysis Division, visited Bucharest, Romania, where they participated in the International Conference on Cultural Policy.
According to data from the Lithuanian Council for Culture, there are more than 10,000 creators in the country. Remuneration for their creative work varies significantly, though it is generally low and inconsistent across different areas of the arts.
The Lithuanian Council for Culture has announced an additional co-financing opportunity for the participation of Lithuanian cultural organisations in the 'Culture' and 'Creative Innovation Laboratory' sub-programmes of the European Union's Creative Europe programme.