Description of activities
Lithuanian National Culture Centre, established in 1941, is a state budgetary institution promoting society's cultural and creative expressions, development of ethnic culture and
amateur art. The Centre plays an important role within the national cultural institution system, helping society and individuals acknowledge and preserve their cultural identity and representing Lithuanian ethnic and amateur culture abroad. This role is primarily relised through numerous events the Centre organizes, such as Lithuanian Song Celebration (inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity), international folk festivals "Baltica" and "Griežynė", Baltic student song celebration "Gaudeamus", Lithuanian national costume exhibitions and presentations, ethnic craft symposiums and seminars. Beside organizing events, The Centre pursues its purposes using a variety of forms: it implements various UESCO and Lithuanian state initiated cultural programmes, publishes books, CDs, brochures, analyses cultural situation and tendencies, provides methodical guidance for art groups, organizes professional qualification seminars. Lithuanian National Culture Centre closely cooperates with cultural, educational, scientific, higher education institutions and offices, Lithuanian and international non-governmental cultural organisations, and cultural institutions of other states. The Centre organises the work of the National Commission of Song Celebrations, houses the Coordination Council of Regional Culture and six councils of amateur art branches and genres and oversees the work of the entire network of cultural centres in Lithuanian cities, towns and villages.