The cultural sector has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Events were canceled, revenue lost and questions about how to survive this time are worrying many artists and organizations.
With more quarantine restrictions lifted in Lithuania, some cultural institutions can already open their doors, yet other cultural sectors are still waiting for the green light. However, now it is time to ask: how can culture recover from the crisis? How can culture retrieve its paying customer as the country’s economy declines? What steps should be taken now and what new initiatives may be needed in the future? And to what extent is the state responsible for the sustainability of the cultural field, and to what extent is the cultural field itself?
Culture professionals: Gintarė Masteikaitė, Julija Reklaitė, Virginija Vitkienė and Živilė Etevičiūtė will try to answer these questions during the discussion.
Gintarė Masteikaitė is the head of Lithuanian Dance Information Center and international dance festival New Baltic Dance, organizer of ConTempo festival, and a cultural manager.
Julija Reklaitė is the head of the interdisciplinary art, residency and education center Rupert, a former Lithuanian cultural attaché in Italy (2015–2019). Before that, she was the head of public institution Architektūras fondas, worked for many years as a freelance exhibition designer; has worked with various architecture, cultural diplomacy, contemporary art, and theatre projects. J. Rėklaitė has a PhD in humanities; she is an author of publications and articles, co-author and compiler of three books.
Virginija Vitkienė – Director of the public institution Kaunas 2022. She has a PhD in art history and is an art historian and critic.
Živilė Etevičiūtė – Lithuanian Cultural Attaché in Sweden, Finland and Denmark.
The discussion will be moderated by Monika Gimbutaitė, the cultural editor of 15min news website.
The discussion will take place online and will be broadcast live on Kaunas Artists’ House’s Facebook page and 15min.lt