Cultural Justice Program

Ministry of Culture
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

- The Cultural Justice Program aims to achieve justice in the distribution of cultural services all over the country without ethnic discrimination or favoritism towards a specific province in the provision of these services, so that culture becomes the right of every citizen

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

* The activities provided to border areas and remote areas include symposiums, forums, cultural salons, sessions for poetry, literature and artistic activities, cultural caravans, storytelling workshops for children, screenings for children and adults, workshops and galleries for plastic arts, and training workshops for handicrafts and heritage crafts. The total number of activities is 11,409 activities with a total of 704,007 beneficiaries.
* The Cultural Justice Program addresses the issue of the cultural integration of the citizens of border areas, and endeavors to strengthen the values of national belonging in the hearts of Egyptian citizens in remote and border areas. It also seeks to integrate them with the citizens of Cairo and the cities of the Nile Delta through a series of field visits to a number of museums, the Religions Complex and various cultural and touristic sites in the Arab Republic of Egypt. Cultural convoys were also organized with the aim of providing cultural and societal support to Egyptian families in remote areas, offering care and awareness-raising to young people at all their locations, strengthening social responsibility, and spreading the components of literary and heritage culture among the different sectors of society. The Ministry organized 953 cultural convoys to border governorates and villages in the governorates of the West and Central Delta region, as well as the villages of the governorates of Minya in the central Upper Egypt region.

* The ministry adopted the Capital of Egyptian Culture project, which aims to spread cultural and artistic awareness and build the creative capacities of people from different governorates in various fields, support heritage crafts and discover talented individuals. This is to entrench the principle of cultural justice with a view to strengthening the cultural presence in all governorates and raising awareness of numerous issues related to belonging through intellectual activities and interactive meetings held by the governorate hosting the events of the Egyptian Writers Conference.

* Within that framework, the ministry has held 137 cultural artistic events in the period from January to October 2019 in the governorate of Marsa Matruh, including intellectual salons, cultural convoys, arts shows, ats workshops, handicrafts workshops, plastic arts galleries, puppet shows, the Book Fair, the concerts of the Cairo Opera House, culture weeks in schools in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, and events for persons with disabilities, with more than 197 thousand beneficiaries. The governorate of Port Said was also named "The Capital of Egyptian Culture 2020" for hosting the Egyptian Writers Conference in December 2019. Preparation is underway for an agenda of year-round cultural and artistic events to be held all over the governorate.

* The social justice program included the reproduction of the Siwa Art Rooms Forum and the introduction of the first Nubia Art Rooms Forum and the first El Tor Art Rooms Forum. The Siwa Forum is a permanent forum held at the Siwa Oasis in Marsa Matruh which was halted for 3 years from 2015, but was relaunched in 2018. The Nubia Art Rooms Forum was launched in 2018 whereas the El Tor Art Rooms Forum was launched in South Sinai for the first time this year for the purpose of recording and documenting the customs and traditions of these areas through artwork that expresses the views of plastic artists.

* The cultural justice program also included the South Valley Development Project, which includes workshops on heritage crafts, human development courses, arts shows, and children's workshops. Nineteen villages were targeted in the governorates of Minya and Beni Suef and the implementation of the project's remaining stages is underway in the governorates of Assiut, Sohag, New Valley, Qena, Luxor, the Red Sea, and Aswan. Two hundred and eighty-one girls were trained in traditional and heritage handicrafts in Minya with a total of 93950 beneficiaries, while the number of beneficiaries in Beni Suef reached 1750 beneficiaries and 75 girls were trained in in traditional and heritage handicrafts.

* Two hundred and eleven book fairs were also organized in different governorates and, in order to achieve cultural justice, the Egyptian Ministry of Culture organized numerous local and international festivals in Egypt's different governorates, such as the International Citadel Festival for Music and Singing, the Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF), the Aswan International Women Film Festival (AIWFF), the Damanhour International Folk Festival, and the National Festival of Egyptian Theatre. The Ministry of Culture is currently preparing for the Qena Festival for Music and Singing in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Qena Governorate and New Valley University.
* The ministry also launched the Mobile Libraries and Theatres Project that target remote and border areas to provide cultural services to their people, in addition to 5917 activities for persons with special abilities to enhance their participation in various cultural activities. Accordingly, Al-Shams Troupe for Persons with Special Abilities was founded, making the first State-affiliated troupe for persons with special abilities. New halls for the arts, music and the blind were inaugurated at the Egyptian National Library and Archives and tens of books were printed in braille, in addition to the inauguration of classes to nurture the talents of persons with special abilities at the Opera House with 85 students in Cairo and Alexandria.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

366977256.2 EGP
(1 US$ = 15.5 EGP)

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
- Supreme Council of Culture - Culture palaces in the different governorates - Public libraries in the different governorates - The General Egyptian Book Organization - Cultural Development Fund - National Center for Translation - Media - Civil Society -
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)