On October 11th, Latvian Minister of Culture Dace Melbārde and Lithuanian Minister of Culture Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson will arrive in Estonia at the invitation of Minister of Culture Indrek Saar. During the three-day visit, the ministers will hold discussions on cultural cooperation, meet with representatives of the Estonian cultural field, open an exhibition on Baltic Symbolism dedicated to the centenary year of the three countries at the Kumu Museum, and attend the opening of the Arvo Pärt Centre.During the year, Baltic cultural cooperation has advanced rapidly and the ministers have already met on several occasions. In July, an agreement related to the development of the song and dance festival traditions of the three countries was signed in Riga, along with the Baltic Cultural Fund agreement, which will ensure the creation of joint projects in the future and accelerate the internationalisation of the cultural life in the three countries.
‘Our cultural cooperation has been exceptionally successful during the three countries’ jubilee year. By standing shoulder to shoulder with our Baltic colleagues, I have felt very proud and grateful about the success of our joint undertakings in Paris, London, Venice, Riga and Vilnius. And now also in Tallinn. Thanks to the exceptionally good results borne by our successful cooperation to date, it can be said that making a united Baltic cultural incursion we can garner broader attention on the international arena along with better opportunities to introduce ourselves in Europe and farther afield,” said Minister of Culture Indrek Saar.
Today, on 11 October, the ministers of culture will open the exhibition, entitled Wild Souls. Symbolism in the Art of the Baltic States at the Kumu Art Museum. The high-level exhibition, which was born of cooperation between the three Baltic countries, was initially exhibited at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The main curator of the exhibition is Rodolphe Rapetti and the co-curator is Liis Pählapuu.
On Friday, 12 October, the Ministers will travel to West-Viru County, where they will visit the home studio of Piret and Jüri Mildeberg, who participated in the London Book Fair this year, which was focused on the Baltic countries. The Ministers will also visit the Kiltsi Manor School and the Rakvere Theatre. They will also meet with representatives of the Läsna-Loobu Village Society, which won the prize as the people’s favourite in the Village of the Year 2017 competition.
On Saturday, 13 October, the Latvian and Lithuanian culture ministers will inspect the renovations underway at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds and in the evening, the three ministers will attend the official opening of the Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa.
The Latvian and Lithuanian cultural ministers will depart Estonia on Saturday evening.