A start given to the National Concert Hall project

31/01/2018

For the purpose of the implementation of the Government commitment, Minister for Culture Liana  Ruokytė-Jonsson and Vilnius City Mayor Remigijus Šimašius signed a Letter of Intent for services infrastructure for the National Concert Hall in Vilnius. The project is scheduled for 2023.

“The fact that Lithuania has no concert hall of world music standards is simply unpardonable. The Government is committed to fill this gap, which is one of the priorities in the field of culture. We managed, in a short time, to agree on the best place in Vilnius and we are ready for the centennial celebration with another great message for the Lithuanian people and the cultural community – Vilnius will have the highest-standard National Concert Hall”, said Minister of Culture Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson.

“I am happy to have found an agreement with the Ministry of Culture on the location for the National Concert Hall in Vilnius. It is symbolic for this agreement to be signed at the eve of the centennial celebrations in Lithuania. This is also a great gift for the architects of the Lithuanian state – back in 1907, Dr. Jonas Basanavičius, together with other intellectuals of the country, raised an idea that the place on the Taurus Hill should become the heart of the entire cultural life in Lithuania. Today, the words of Jonas Basanavičius have come true – the municipality has already approved of the take-over of the land under the former Trade Union House for public needs, and will negotiate with the current owners of the House regarding the acquisition of the building”, says Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius.

An Action Plan for the implementation of the Agreement was signed providing for the preparation, by June, of urban, programme and acoustic feasibility study for the services infrastructure for the National Concert Hall in Vilnius (hereinafter, ‘the National Concert Hall’). By September next year, a technical specification for an international architectural tender for the National Concert Hall will be drawn up, to be followed by the actual international architectural tender for the National Concert Hall in September.

The construction of the hall and the arrangement of the environment is scheduled to be completed by 2023.