(LT) Lithuania – research into national policy, community arts and general country background

The report has been produced by a team of research associates of the Institute for Social Research: Kublickienė L., Sviklas K., Šutinienė I., Žilinskaitė V. Lead researcher: L. Kublickienė, DSSc

This study determines the state of culture in Lithuania’s regions and examines the cultural situation at the level of municipalities. The highlight of the study is the fact that the state of culture in the regions is assessed on the basis of a survey of the municipal culture centres’ employees, who assume the role of experts in evaluating the cultural situation in the regions. This choice was not accidental, because the development of Lithuanian regional culture is very closely tied to the activity of the culture centres. It can be asserted that culture centres are the only cultural institutions that are capable of meeting the universal cultural needs of the people.

This text examines Lithuanian’s national cultural policy. Through analysing effectiveness of implementations of the Lithuanian cultural policy objectives the study shows what has change from the independence and what difficulties are still in progress. The study also analysis such issues as Culture as the axis of the community, Culture’s added value for the economy and Culture as a natural value: seeking the highest quality.

Lithuania has been developing its youth policy for more than a decade already. It has created the legislation and the institutional system for the development and implementation of youth policy. Policymakers have defined the principles and areas of youth policy, as well as the organisational and management schemes. Seeking to create the adequate conditions for young people to be actively involved in an open and democratic society, the state carries out programs that encourage the initiatives of young people and youth organisations.

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