Launch of National Cultural Policy

We believe that the elaboration of the National Cultural Policy comes at an opportune time, especially as we grapple with the fall -out of the most severe financial, economic and even social crisis in our time. Given the recent global trends and challenges, we believe that UNESCO, as well as other UN agencies, needs to reassert its role in building and strengthening peace, among nations, and the citizens with in its members states by promoting dialogue between civilizations.This can indeed result in further contributing to the eradication of poverty, but also in promoting and protecting our cultural diversity, including through the promotion and preservation of our most precious resource, our tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

Hon. Nigel Carty, Minister of Education and Information at Launch of National Cultural Policy Project.

The National Cultural Policy Project was launched in June 2011

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THE POLICY FRAMEWORK – the outline within which the actual positions, strategies and actions will be elaborated.

  • PROMOTING CULTURAL EXPRESSION (examining traditional and current expressions and ways to preserve and promote them)
  • CULTURE AND EDUCATION (examining the role of education in cultural identity promotion as well as the role of culture in promoting educational relevance)
  • CULTURE AND TRADE (situating the trade discourse in the cultural arena for economic solutions)
  • CULTURE AND TOURISM (focusing on culture as enhancement of tourism product as well as impact of tourism on culture)
  • HERITAGE PRESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT (examining preservation of tangible and intangible heritage using UNESCO Conventions and other formats)
  • CULTURAL INDUSTRIES (including the need to map the cultural industries and posit a preliminary assessment of their value and status, and using this to establish positions and strategies for the enhancement of local industries)
  • INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL RELATIONS (featuring the use of cultural agreements and exchanges and international organizations for the strengthening of cultural offerings)
  • COMMUNITY FESTIVALS AND NATIONAL FESTIVALS (including their role in community social, cultural and economic development)
  • CARNIVAL (featuring the need for engagement of this activity for expansion of economic value of cultural and festival tourism product)
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, COPYRIGHT AND THE FIGHT AGAINST PIRACY (including finding ways to promote public education for greater compliance and economic returns for artists)
  • CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND YOUTH ENGAGEMENT (recognizing the dynamic youth entrepreneurship sector and developing strategies for expansion and greater revenue generation)
  • ARTS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME focusing on Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Literary Arts and Culinary Arts (Cultural Policy must give room to the process of arts development)
  • CULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY (featuring the impact on new technologies on culture and arts development, preservation and consumption)
  • CULTURAL INFRA-STRUCTURE AND INSTITUTIONS – FEATURING NATIONAL PERFORMING ARTS CENTRES AND OTHER CULTURAL SPACES
  • CULTURAL ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCING – FEATURING A NATIONAL CULTURAL FOUNDATION (examining the format for the political administration of culture and the search for financing of community collective and individual involvement in culture)
  • IMPLEMENTATION AND REVIEW PROCESS (featuring the process for the continuous assessment of the implementation of the Policy)

The full text of the National policy guidelines is available below.

framework for national cultural policy

Minister remarks at the launching of cultural policy 14 june, 2011

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