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Minister of Culture on a visit to Lithuania: Cooperation with other Baltic states empowers Estonian culture in the world

23. September 2016 - 9:18
 Martynas Mažvydase nimeline Leedu Rahvusraamatukogu
Martynas Mažvydase nimeline Leedu Rahvusraamatukogu

Today, on September 2, Minister of Culture Indrek Saar will be on a visit to Vilnius, where he will attend the grand reopening of the newly renovated Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania. Matters concerning cultural cooperation between Estonia and Lithuania will be the main topic of discussion during the meeting with the Lithuanian Minister of Culture.

Large-scale renovation works on the library lasted for 8 years. According to the Minister of Culture Indrek Saar, the completion and reopening of this library is a very joyful event as it creates new opportunities for cultural cooperation. “National libraries are, by their nature, bridges between different languages, cultures, beliefs and world views. We can exchange knowledge with our Lithuanian colleagues on how to better collect, preserve and distribute cultural heritage. After all, we are the first country in the world to establish legal regulation concerning the preservation of the digital source material of films and printed publications,” said Saar, referring to the new Estonian Legal Deposit Copy Act.

The Minister also confirmed that cooperation between the two countries is getting increasingly active – in addition to well-known joint events, such as the Folklore Festival “Baltica” or the Students' Song and Dance Festival “Gaudeamus”, we also have a joint pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture. In 2018, the Baltics will be the main guests at the London Book Fair. “We have also made plans together on how to celebrate our joint Jubilee in the framework of the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian cultural cooperation programme for 2015-2018. This cooperation gives us the opportunity to preserve Estonian culture, as well as develop and strengthen our visibility in the world,” noted Saar.

During the visit, the Minister of Culture is accompanied by the Ambassador of Estonia to Lithuania Jana Vanaveski and the Libraries Adviser of the Ministry of Culture Ülle Talihärm.

The National Library of Lithuania was founded in Kaunas in 1919, but it was relocated to the capital Vilnius in 1963. The library has borne the name of Martynas Mažvydas - the author of the first book in Lithuanian (published in 1547) as of 1988.

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