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Portugal/ 2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy  

2.3 Cultural policy objectives

The main manifesto commitments of the Eighteenth Government (October 2009 - June 2011) were:

  • to increase the culture budget during the life of the present legislature, so as to fund adequately the full development of public policies for the sector;
  • to ensure coordination of cultural policies across all ministries and departments involved in sectoral policies relevant to culture; and
  • to strengthen and improve the key contribution of modern creative art to the country's development, encouraging the formation of networks and partnerships and the increased diversity of cultural practices, by means of clear policies in support of artists, educating audiences and achieving greater interaction between culture, science and education. Three areas are emphasised in particular: Language, Heritage and the Arts and the Creative and Cultural Industries.

As far as endowing the country with cultural facilities and networks is concerned, it should be noted that this objective of cultural policy was initially implemented by means of investment in the creation and restoration of cultural infrastructures. More recently, greater emphasis has been placed on extending public access to cultural events and facilities.

As the Nineteenth Government is entering office (June 2011) the most relevant strategic policy objective stated is to "evaluate the State's involvement in cultural life and reduce its administrative apparatus" (from the Government Programme). Some other general objectives are stated, such as the support to historic and intangible heritage, creative industries and the arts. The literature and libraries sector, as well as the language policy, are also given
Chapter published: 13-07-2011

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