Arab region

In 2009, Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy), a non-profit organisation supporting artistic creativity in the Arab region, launched a regional initiative to help identify the main features of cultural policy in a selection of Arab countries. This research project was part of Culture Resource’s multiannual Cultural Policy Programme (supported by the European Cultural Foundation, ECF, and Mimeta). Under the supervision of Culture Resource, researchers from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco created cultural policy profiles for their countries, using the Compendium’s methodological grid as an outline.

In collaboration with Ettijahat, the profiles were translated, updated and published on IFACCA’s WorldCP-website. With the help of the ECF, the profiles found a new home in this section of

For more information on these and other Arab cultural policy profiles, please visit the website of Cultural Policy in the Arab Region and/or read the following interviews with regional cultural policy experts: Fatin Farhat (member National Task Force for Cultural Policy, Palestine), Abdullah Al-Kafri (executive director Ettijahat, Syria), Hussam Al-Saray (member National Task Force for Cultural Policy, Iraq) and Habiba Laloui (member National Task Force for Cultural Policy, Algeria).

Another recommended reading is the book Cultural Policies in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia (2010) – a collaboration between the ECF, Culture Resource and the Boekman Foundation – which provides an introduction to the realities of public cultural administration and policymaking in the region. This publication includes the first versions of the Arab region profiles, translated in English.

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