In the framework of the consultation process required, a number of CSO, local authorities, ministries and other public institutions were consulted to collect data about the topics raised in the report. The data collected have been processed and evaluated and those relevant to the required topics were included in the report. At the same time, throughout this process, certain areas have been identified that needed further elaboration and additional research was carried out in order to collect this information.
Cyprus was amongst the first countries to ratify the UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions. In the context of the Cyprus Constitution there are certain provisions that promote the respect to Human Rights without making any distinction or differentiation between citizens and non-citizens of the Republic and without any distinctions or differentiation on grounds of community or religion or nationality, or on any other grounds.
The report provides an overview of how Cyprus implements the 2005 Convention with selected examples of policies and programmes. Support to creativity and access and participation to cultural life are amongst the top priorities of the national cultural policy of Cyprus.
Moreover, in the context of constructive and fruitful dialogue, the idea of creating a mechanism which would encounter all cultural matters in a holistic approach resulted in a recent decision of the Council of Ministers for establishing a Deputy Ministry for Culture.
Cyprus also participates in initiatives and projects to foster European and international cooperation, especially in the Euro-Mediterranean region and has contributed to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity.
Other achievements with respect to the implementation of the 2005 Convention include some recent efforts to enhance networking and collaboration among public authorities and civil society. In the context of the above and having acknowledged the holistic nature of cultural activities, certain initiatives have progressed regarding the restructuring of cultural administration in the public sector.
Amongst the most significant opportunities are the following:
• Continuing support for measures that protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions especially in the digital environment.
• Exploring further the possibilities resulting from the technological shift for the benefit of the creative sector and enhance social innovation and the sector’s economic contribution.
• Encounter the challenges of COVID-19 and provide the sector with new impetus by encouraging a broad network of collaborations between both public as well as private and civil society organisations.
• Fostering public awareness of the Convention.
Cultural Services, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth
Anthi Panayiotou <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cyprus National Commission for UNESCO
Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth
Unit of Education for Environment and Sustainable Development, Pedagogical Institute, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth
Youth Board of Cyprus, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth
Commissioner for the Development of Mountain Communities
Commissioner's Office for Gender Equality
Ministry of Energy, Commerce and Industry
Cyprus Radio Television Authority
Municipality of Limassol / Intercultural Council
Ayia Napa Municipality
UNESCO Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage, Cyprus University of Technology
University of Nicosia UNESCO Chair
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Intellectual Property Union of Cyprus
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Cyprus Music Information Center
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Visual Artists Association - Phytorio
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation
Goal 1 - Support Sustainable Systems of Governance for Culture
Cultural and Creative Sectors
“CULTURE 2015-2020” Programme
Cyprus Choreography Platform
Cultural Decentralisation Programme
The implementation of the programme has not yet been completed and the evaluation is based on mid-progress reviews which are carried out by the local communities and the participants in the programme. The initial reviews indicate that there is a positive impact on local communities.
Film production and provision of incentives for foreign productions
$1 539 605 (for the Programme for the Development of Cinematographic Works)
Promoting film education and professional capacity building
National Youth Strategy
The budget of each measure/programme that is documented in the Strategy concerns the overall budget of the programme (and its actions) and therefore cannot be representative of the financial resources allocated for the promotion of creative and cultural actions only.
There has been no evaluation of the Strategy yet. The evaluation will take place upon the Strategy's completion in 2022.
ReCOVer20 Funding Scheme
The 14 applications, referred to above, that fall in the field of culture were awarded the amount of $51.000.
Support plan for cultural activities of religious groups
Access to Culture through digital means
Promoting fair remuneration for creators in the digital environment
Partnering with Civil Society
Limassol Intercultural Council
This is part of a broader scheme and the cultural budget cannot be distinguished from the rest
Opportunities for networking with public authorities and other civil society organisations
$11800 per year
EUNIC [EU National Institutes for Culture] Knowledge Sharing Workshop on working in fragile contexts
Goal 2 - Achieve a Balanced Flow of Cultural Goods and Services and Increase the Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals
Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals
Ayia Napa Sculpture Park and Artists Residency
$83000 - $120000 per year (since 2014)
It is a multinational Sculpture Park and one of the largest Open-Air Museums and the most important Cultural Reference Point of Ayia Napa. So far, it has received several awards including the Platinum Award at the Cyprus Tourism Awards 2020 (Category: Museums/Historical sites/Cultural Sites, Events, Routes).
Also, opportunities were given to recognised and famous artists from different countries, including artists from third countries, to work together, exchange views and create sculpts of great artistic value.
It also receives a very high number of visitors every year.
Flow of Cultural Goods and Services
Treaties and agreements
Multilateral or bilateral agreements including cultural cooperation
Goal 3 - Integrate Culture in Sustainable Development Frameworks
National Sustainable Development Policies & Plans
National Strategy for the Development of Troodos Mountain Communities
(for the implementation of the cultural features of the Strategy)
$12000 Yearly ($120000 for 2020-2030): Theatre Education
$1.067 373: School of Arts in Omodos High School
European Capital of Culture / Pafos 2017
According to the EC Ex post evaluation of the 2017 European Capitals of Culture (Pafos and Aarhus) (https://www.europeansources.info/record/ex-post-evaluation-of-the-2017-e...), the objectives of Pafos 2017 were reflected in the three main themes of the cultural programme. These themes emphasised the cultural heritage of Pafos in a European context, the (need for) interconnections between people within the city and beyond, and the need for intercultural dialogue. The "European dimension" was reflected in projects that presented Cypriot culture to a European audience and that brought culture from other European countries to Cyprus. The "City and Citizens dimension" was reflected in activities that took place across the city, with an emphasis on using open spaces and involving local citizens.
Pafos 2017 has developed the audience for culture, served as a catalyst for cultural infrastructure investments and developed the skills and capacity of local cultural operators.
The efforts to promote Pafos 2017 internationally were quite limited and, as a result, awareness of the ECoC amongst visitors to Cyprus was very low. However, the ECoC was successful at attracting expatriates and foreign tourists once they had arrived in Pafos, with non-Cypriots accounting for almost 40% of audiences. This is significantly higher than other ECoC, where foreign visitors typically make up less than 10% of total audiences.
The performance of Pafos against its objectives was limited by the 80% reduction in its budget compared to the figure proposed in the application. The very severe reduction in the budget compared to that proposed in the application has served to limit the fulfilment of expectations. Whilst some positive effects have been achieved, the size of the cultural programme and associated activities has been generally too small to have the desired impact, particularly in terms of the primary aim of bringing together the different communities in the city.
Because the cultural programme was relatively small it needed to have a long-term plan in place to make a meaningful step change in the cultural offer of the city.
International Cooperation for Sustainable Development
National Strategy for Environmental Education focus on Sustainable Development and Mediterranean Strategy for ESD
$1 million (national strategy)
Mediterranean strategy on ESD: Financial resources allocated to the policy depends from each country national funds. For the implementation of this strategy, Cyprus has allocated around 120.000 USD since 2016.
Even though the policy has not been evaluated yet, it is acknowledged that through its implementation there was an awareness of the close relationship between culture and environment. Furthermore, through the meetings of the Mediterranean ESD Steering Committee which is the coordination body for monitoring the policy implementation, it was resulted that:
* The Mediterranean Education for Sustainable Development Strategy is a great policy mechanism to inform countries about the developments amongst them in the fields of cultural and environmental sustainability.
* The Mediterranean Education for Sustainable Development Strategy is a unique opportunity of the Mediterranean countries to develop join programs, exchange ideas and strengthen the dialogue that can help them to conserve and ensure the cultural and environmental Mediterranean identity.
* The Mediterranean Education for Sustainable Development Strategy is an example of mechanism that can bring countries together and work jointly for confronting the common challenges that the Mediterranean countries phasing in relation to achieve sustainability (social inclusion, ensure cultural resources, conserve environment).