In 2016, Wroclaw, together with San Sebastian - Donostia, a Spanish city, will carry the title of European Capital of Culture.

Vilnius – European Capital of Culture 2009

Vilnius – European Capital of Culture 2009

On 6 February 2008, the government of the Lithuanian Republic adopted the National Programme “Vilnius – European Capital of Culture 2009” and convened a supervisory panel for the purpose of this programme and the programme of celebration of the Millennium of Lithuania.

Vision and mission

The vision of the National Programme „Vilnius – European Capital of Culture 2009” (hereinafter referred to as the Programme) is Vilnius as a European capital of the future that is open to people, cultures and novelties. The mission of the Programme is to create a new European experience, in which culture is part of everyday life and each person is involved in its creation.

Aim of the Programme

Appropriate preparation and implementation of the programme of cultural events that encourages dialogue and tolerance for European and global cultures, emphasises the importance of culture in the contemporary society and its creative driving force in the city, which shows Vilnius as one of the most modern and most dynamically developing cities in Central and Eastern Europe, centre of contemporary culture known worldwide, with unique and recognisable identity, as a city open to new ideas and investments.

Tasks of the Programme:

  • Stimulation of cultural and civil activity among the inhabitants of Vilnius as regards creating culture of the contemporary European society and making it possible for all of those who wish to participate to co-produce live culture and take part in it by attracting the biggest number of people possible of all ages and social groups from Lithuania and Europe.
  • Increased contribution of cultural initiatives in the development of tourism in Vilnius and the entire country, attracting investment and economic development.
  • Creation of administrative conditions for instruments enabling to implement points 1.1 and 1.2.
  • Stimulation of cultural infrastructure development by renovating facilities, adapting them to the needs of handicapped persons, new construction investments as well as development and transformation of the urban transport infrastructure and information infrastructure

Predicted results:

  • At least 3 million people will attend events organised within the Programme;
  • At least 300 cultural, artistic, social, promotional and media events will be organised within the Programme;
  • 3-4 new cultural events will be held in Vilnius, which will be organised on a regular basis in the subsequent years;
  • Tourism and revenues of the services sector in Vilnius and Lithuania will increase by at least 15%;
  • Familiarity with the name of Vilnius and Lithuania and positive associations with the names will increase abroad by at least 3%;
  • At least 50% of Lithuanian citizens will positively assess the Programme;
  • Creation of at least 18 new, restored or adapted to the needs of handicapped persons facilities of cultural infrastructure;
  • Creation of at least 11 new or restored public utility facilities.





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