VILNIUS - Poland has granted high state awards to Lithuania's theater professionals Martynas Budraitis and Audronius Liuga, and museum worker Osvaldas Daugelis, and other prominent cultural figures.
Budraitis, director of the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, and Liuga, director of the Lithuanian State Youth Theatre, has been awarded with the Silver Cross and Daugelis, a former director of the Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis National Museum of Art, with the Knight's Cross for their merits in developing Polish-Lithuanian cultural cooperation, the Polish Institute in Vilnius said.
Other award recipients include Meilute Parnauskiene, director of the Birute Baltrusaityte Public Library of the municipality of Taurage, Rasa Griskeviciene, director of the Vladas Slaitas Public Library of the municipality of Ukmerge, and Terese Matiukiene, director of the Juozas Keliuotis Public Library of the municipality of Rokiskis.
A decree on the awards was signed by Polish President Andrzej Duda and Minister of Culture and National Heritage Piotr Glinski.
Deputy Minister of Culture and National Heritage Magdalena Gawin will present the awards in a ceremony at the Polish embassy in Vilnius on Tuesday.