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Cyprus/ 2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy  

2.3 Cultural policy objectives

According to the Budget Policy Statement (2011) the vision of cultural policy centres upon the preservation and enhancement of the cultural heritage of the island as well as on bolstering and promoting contemporary cultural creation.  In particular, the specific policy objectives for 2011-2013 are as follows:

  • formulation of a five-year action plan for cultural development;
  • enhancing and promoting cultural activities in Cyprus and abroad in order to make known the Cyprus' political problem through artistic and intellectual creation;
  • co-operation with the local government in order to develop joint programmes of cultural action;
  • completion of the study for the Creation of a Unified Authority for Culture and implementation of the proposed structural reforms[1];
  • establishment and operation of a School of Art;
  • transformation of Cyprus Theatre Organisation (THOC) into a State Theatre;
  • formulation of joined bi-communal programmes in the field of arts in order to promote the common and shared cultural heritage of the two Communities (Turkish and Greek Cypriot); and
  • formulation of certain policy measures in order to bolster and promote cultural development.

[1]    This was amongst the political priorities of the previous left-wing government.  Its term of office terminated in the 2013 elections; nevertheless, no significant progress has been achieved in this respect by the previous government.  The newly elected right-centre wing government which won the elections in February 2013 aims to formulate a new proposal regarding governance structures

Chapter published: 05-10-2015

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