The City of Vilnius has urgently granted the premises on A. Juozapavičiaus Street to the public
institution “The House of Ukraine”. The office here will soon start collecting and sorting aid packages for Ukraine.
“We have been discussing the provision of these premises to the Ukrainian community for some
time already, but lately we have noticed that a several-fold need for assistance and an urgent
importance to provide the premises as soon as possible. While its original function of the institution was supposed to be cultural, today it mobilises aid to a country at war, and needs space to operate as a reception and storage facility. In view of this, we have rushed through the legal processes and have already handed over the keys to the managers of the institution,” says Vilnius Deputy Mayor Valdas Benkunskas.
After the fund-raising campaign is completed, the premises will be used for cultural and informative activities. “The House of Ukraine” will host conferences, art exhibitions and symposiums, promote music and cinema, and establish a centre for promoting achievements in science. The City also plans to establish a museum for the history of Ukrainians in Lithuania, with a permanent exposition of Ukrainian and Lithuanian resistance movements. “The House of Ukraine” is also preparing to develop information and cultural multimedia platforms – radio and TV activities, a news portal.
“The House of Ukraine“ also plans to carry out an educational function by publishing various
publications, establishing a library of Ukrainian books, organising Ukrainian and Lithuanian language studies and various etno-cultural courses. The premises will be housing a club for writers and Ukrainian studies, an educational club “Ukraine in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania”, and the Crimean Tatars’ information bureau in Lithuania.
The 160 sq m premises will be made available to the institution for a token fee of EUR 1.00 for at
least 30 days, as required by the legislation governing the renting and use of property.