The National Programme for Professional Performing Arts (hereinafter - the Programme) was adopted in 2017. The Programme provides additional financial support to professional performing arts sector. The main goal of the Programme is to attract more young professionals thus fostering the diversity of artistic works and performing art co-productions. The Programme also aims to ensure the availability of local and foreign high-quality performing artworks country-wide and promote the Lithuanian performing arts abroad.
Funding is provided to the following activities:
production of new, innovative performing artworks;
co-productions between local and foreign art institutions;
residencies for young artists and art collectives;
dissemination and promotion of performing artworks in the country's regions and abroad;
presentation of foreign productions in Lithuania.
The National Programme for Professional Performing Arts has enabled the national and state theatres as well as concert institutions to expand the scope of their activities.
The funds distributed through the Programme were allocated to finance the production of new theatre plays, unique concert programmes and international festivals that were presented not only in the major cities but also in smaller towns of Lithuania. The funds also helped to organise creative residencies, workshops and incubator programmes for young artists encouraging them to collaborate with recognised local and foreign professionals.
The funding of the Programme amounts to USD 3.2 million annually.