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Hungary/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.1 Overview of main structures and trends

International cultural co-operation is administered by the Balassi Institute (Balassi Intézet, named after a 16th century poet); a public institution managed directly by the Minister for Foreign Economic Affairs as of 2016. "The Balassi Institute’s main objective is to project a quality-oriented image of our nation, thereby increasing Hungary’s prestige in the international sphere, while strengthening and preserving all facets of Hungarian culture both within and outside of Hungary’s borders."

Bilateral cultural agreements, usually in conjunction with educational and scientific co-operation are managed by the cultural state secretariat of the Ministry of Human Resources. The exchange of experts is still of importance in the agreements, especially in the heritage field. In the arts, most co-operation projects are realised through other channels.

Chapter published: 07-11-2016

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