Baltic states agree to step up translation of each other’s literature

The culture ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have signed an agreement to regularly translate and publish literature by Baltic authors.

“The memorandum is an agreement to have works by Baltic authors continuously translated […] in all the three countries,” Lithuania’s Culture Minister Mindaugas Kvietkauskas told reporters on Friday.

Under the programme, the works awarded the annual Baltic Assembly Prize for Literature will be translated and published in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Each country will arrange for the implementation of the programme, Kvietkauskas said.

His Latvian counterpart Nauris Puntulis said Latvia had already set aside funding for translating Lithuanian and Estonian literature.

“Together we can do more,” Estonia’s Culture Minister Tõnis Lukas told reporters, adding that the Baltic countries should extend their cultural cooperation to music, theatre, cinema and other arts.


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