The Policy provides the framework for the promotion of art and culture for development and complies with international and regional instruments on culture. The core principles underlying this Policy are:
3.1 Promoting Unity in Diversity
Due to globalisation, there are diverse cultures in Swaziland. The Policy interventions shall therefore focus on the promotion of harmonious co-existence among the different communities and encourage intra and inter-cultural exchange.
3.2 Respecting one’s and the others’ Culture
Respect for culture is crucial for mutual interdependence, which is a prerequisite for social harmony and cohesion. The Policy interventions shall focus on advocacy for respect of the individuals’ culture and other cultures.
3.3 Ensuring Social Inclusion
There are some children, youth, women, the disabled, the elderly, and people living with HIV/AIDS who are marginalised by some socio-cultural practices. These include the shunning of widows in public and community events. The Policy interventions shall therefore focus on affirmative action to ensure that these categories of people participate in and benefit from cultural life.
3.4 Promoting Cultural Change
Culture is dynamic and cultural change is inevitable. Whilst certain elements of culture are to be preserved, it is important to catalyse change to address social and gender inequalities. The Policy interventions shall therefore encourage adapting and adopting to new ideas and approaches within the laws of Swaziland.
3.5 Promoting Environmental Protection
Cultural practitioners interact with and derive cultural products from the environment. Some elements of culture impact on the environment. The environment is threatened by environmental degradation, which negatively impacts on culture activities that rely on the environment. The Policy interventions shall therefore emphasise environmental protection.
3.6 Strengthening Partnerships
There are various stakeholders in the delivery of cultural goods and services. It is therefore importa