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About the program

Culture

Culture

Key information about the programme

  • The programme is operated by: Central Project Management Agency (CPMA)
  • The Donor Programme Partners in this programme are: Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Arts Council Norway
  • Other programme partner: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania
  • The programme's objective is: Social and economic development strengthened through cultural cooperation, cultural entrepreneurship and cultural heritage management
  • The programme funding (excluding co-financing) amounts to 7 million Euros and is funded entirely by the EEA Grants.

Why is the programme needed?

Culture is understood as an integral component to quality of life, attractiveness of the living environment, citizenship and tolerance, and reduction of social disparities. The cultural and creative sectors are also important drivers of economic growth, job development and social inclusion altogether. Thus, supporting the culture sector is an effective tool to help address societal problems and revitalise local communities. 

Three main challenges were identified in the culture sector in Lithuania: uneven access to culture across the country; lack of skills and capacity for cultural heritage preservation and management; and low level of local cultural entrepreneurship.

Lack of cooperation between cultural institutions severely impedes the access of people in the more peripheral areas of Lithuania to high quality arts and cultural productions as well as to cultural education. Most of the existing cultural heritage is not properly researched, renovated or adapted to the needs of the local community. Due to funding problems, lack of stakeholder dialogue and entrepreneurial skills to manage available cultural resources, a lot of local cultural potential remains untapped across Lithuania.

What will the programme achieve and who are the beneficiaries?

To address the challenges outlined above the Lithuanian Culture programme aims to stimulate local development through support for revitalisation of cultural heritage and cultural and creative activities that involve and empower local communities.

To help improve access to culture, the programme aims to increase the mobility of art and culture to reach excluded areas, including those with a high density of national minorities. The programme aims to have 30 000 people attending supported events and have 300 individuals participate in educational activities. At least two projects will be related to social inclusion and anti-discrimination. An overall target is that 75% of people report increased access to cultural activities, according to national statistics.

To enhance cultural heritage management, a pre-defined projects FIXUS (based on the Slovakian project Pro Monumenta from the 09-14 financial mechanism) will establish three mobile teams which will reach out to local communities to introduce the practice of preventive maintenance of cultural monuments. The pre-defined project aims to train 120 people on cultural heritage management and organise 30 awareness building events.

Further, the programme will pilot the creative placemaking approach, an innovative, community-driven approach building on cross-sectoral partnerships. It promotes cultural entrepreneurship and regeneration to better harness local cultural resources for the benefit of local development. The programme aims to train 100 people in cultural entrepreneurship, involve 10 local stakeholders in entrepreneurial activities, create 4 new services.

How will the programme strengthen bilateral relations?

Cooperation in the area of culture contributes to further development by fostering bonds between cultural players in Lithuania and the Donor States. Bilateral project partnerships further contribute to accelerated learning and strengthened networks in the culture sector. Partnerships between Lithuanian and Donor State entities will be encouraged in the open call on creative place-making and will be mandatory in the open call on access to cultural, artistic and creative activities. Bilateral partnerships are expected to result in mutual beneficial activities and long-lasting cooperation between the involved parties.

 

Download the full programme agreement for more detailed information about the programme

More information can also be found on the Programme Operator's website and on the websites of  the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage and the Arts Council Norway.


 
Applicant
 
National LGBT Rights Organization
Project title Meeting of Lithuanian and Norwegian organizations in Oslo in order to develop the bilateral cooperation
Project code LT01-4S-CPVA-K01-001
Project summary The purpose of the meeting of Lithuanian (National LGBT Rights Organization) and Norwegian (Oslo Pride and „Pride Art“)  organizations is to discuss the possibilities of bilateral cooperation and discuss the project application that is planned to be prepared to the programme „Culture“ of the European economic area (EEA) financial mechanism 2014-2021.
During the meeting proposed project activities will be presented to Norwegian partners. The responsibilities and expectations of the partners and the practical details of implementing the project activities will be discussed.
After the meeting the activities of the project, implementation schedule and budget will be clarified.
Project implementation term March 2020
Project grant 2 000,00 Eur

Applicant Panevėžys District Municipality Administration
Project title
 
Meeting of Lithuanian and Norwegian organizations in Voss municipality (Norway) in order to develop the bilateral cooperation
Project code LT01-4S-CPVA-K01-002
Project summary
 
The purpose of the meeting of Lithuanian (Panevėžys District Municipality Administration) and Norwegian (Voss Municipality Cultural School)  organizations is to discuss the possibilities of bilateral cooperation and discuss the project application that is planned to be prepared to the programme „Culture“ of the European economic area (EEA) financial mechanism 2014-2021.

Organizations plan to discuss the project in such aspects: innovation, accessibility, enhancement of cultural education and continuity. One of the main outcomes - to develop a high quality project application through active collaboration and partnership.
Project implementation term May 2020
Project grant 2 000,00 Eur

Applicant Plungė District Municipality Administration
Project title
 
Meeting of Lithuanian and Norwegian organizations in  Bjerkreim
Municipality (Norway) in order to develop the bilateral cooperation
Project code LT01-4S-CPVA-K01-003
Project summary
 
The purpose of the meeting of Lithuanian (Plungė District Municipality Administration, Plunge Cultural Center, Plungė Mykolas Oginskis Art School) and Norwegian (Bjerkreim Municipality) organizations is to discuss the possibilities of bilateral cooperation and discuss the project application that is planned to be prepared to the programme „Culture“ of the European economic area (EEA) financial mechanism 2014-2021.

Organizations plan to clarify the idea of the project, to discuss the role of each partner in the project preparation, to confirm the project preparation work plan.
Project implementation term April 2020
Project grant 2 000,00 Eur

Applicant Public Institution „Viking Village”
Project title
 
Meeting of Lithuanian and Norwegian organizations in Lofotr (Norway) in order to develop the bilateral cooperation
Project code LT01-4S-CPVA-K01-004
Project summary
 
The purpose of the meeting of Lithuanian (Public Institution „Viking Village”) and Norwegian (Lofotr Viking Museum)  organizations is to discuss the possibilities of bilateral cooperation and discuss the project application that is planned to be prepared to the programme „Culture“ of the European economic area (EEA) financial mechanism 2014-2021.

Organizations plan to discuss and develop guidelines for the continuous “Viking Age” project, which focuses on innovativeness, accessibility and enhancement of cultural education in both partner countries. Also, strengthen partnerships between organizations by discussing relevant forms of cultural cooperation for each organization.
Project implementation term April 2020
Project grant 1 720,00 Eur

Applicant Dansekunst i Østfold
Project title
 
Meeting of Lithuanian and Norwegian organizations in Utena district (Lithuania) in order to develop the bilateral cooperation
Project code LT01-4S-CPVA-K01-005
Project summary
 
The purpose of the meeting of Lithuanian (Utenos Kraštotyros Muziejus) and Norwegian (Dansekunst i Østfold)  organizations is to discuss the possibilities of bilateral cooperation and discuss the project application that is planned to be prepared to the programme „Culture“ of the European economic area (EEA) financial mechanism 2014-2021.

This meeting will be a starting point of an dialogue to a create a potential collaboration project in the future through applying from the EEA funding. The organizations will try to research artistic collaboration's possibility and to create succesfull partnership to make positive impact for cultural situation in the Utena region.
Project implementation term March 2020
Project grant 899,00 Eur

 

Contacts

Oksana Ščerbickienė

(The Central Project Management Agency)

EEA and Norway programmes senior project manager

(8 5) 210 7479

o.scerbickiene@cpva.lt

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