Bilateral and Cultural Cooperation and Participation in International and European Networks
(a)To strengthen co-operation in the fields of arts and culture and bolster artists' mobility and intercultural dialogue.
(b) To foster co-operation and build networks amongst European partners in the framework of culture and education
(c)To facilitate artists' access to international or European cultural scene
(d) To promote the Cypriot culture abroad also in the context of co-productions.
Certain initiatives have been promoted in relation to the implementation of the above objective. More specifically, bilateral cultural agreements promote the networking between artists, and public and private institutions in the fields of arts and culture. Co-operation is also promoted through European and international organizations, such as the European Union, UNESCO and the Council of Europe
Additionally through cultural co-operation with the embassies of Cyprus abroad cultural activities either of art from Cyprus or even co-productions is supported. Also, artists from Cyprus are provided with financial support (travel grants) for their participation in cultural events abroad.
In addition to the above the operation of cultural centres abroad (i.e. The House of Cyprus in Athens) aim at promoting art and culture from Cyprus while at the same time co-productions might also be supported in the context of bolstering intercultural dialogue.
In this context the Ministry supports the operation of such institutions as is the Music Information Centre of Cyprus which started to function in July 2008 following a decision by the Council of Ministers. The Centre aims at showcasing the diverse musical achievements of contemporary scene in Cyprus and promoting networking amongst musicians living in Cyprus to musicians from abroad.
Challenges identified in the implementation of this measure: There is a lack of monitoring and evaluation mechanisms with respect to the impact of this measure.