Lithuanian Small Capitals of Culture

Lithuanian Village Communities Association
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

Every year small towns and village communities can become Lithuanian Small Capitals of Culture. One small capital of culture is elected in each out of 10 Lithuanian districts by organising an open call. The goal of the programme is to foster cultural activity and creativity in smaller regions by engaging their communities, businesses, patrons and youth and making art and culture accessible to everyone. The programme is initiated by the Lithuanian Village Communities' Association. Partners include the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture, Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania and Association of Municipal Elders. The programme contributes to the strengthening of cultural traditions in the regions, making professional art accessible to village communities and developing cultural tourism and cultural life in the regions. The programme also helps to initiate cultural exchanges and new cultural projects between the small capitals of culture and encourages their continuation. During the period from 2015 to 2019, 40 towns and villages were awarded the title of the Small Capital of Culture.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

In 2018, around 21 000 people participated in the cultural events organised through this programme. In 2019, more than 49 000 people participated in the cultural events.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Since 2018, the Lithuanian Council for Culture allocates USD 54 040 annually to the implementation of the projects through this programme.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
The Ministry of Culture
Public Sector
Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania
Public Sector
Association of Municipal Elders
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)