Programme CULTURE

Where
Cyprus
When
2017
Who
Cultural Services - Ministry of Education and Culture
Key objectives of the measure:

According to the strategic plan for Culture for the years 2015-2017, the Cultural Services implement an extended variety of programmes and schemes that provide financial support to the artists in order to create and promote their artistic work.

The main funding programme of the Cultural Services (Programme “Culture”), was revised for the period 2015-2020 to address contemporary cultural policy issues,which are also relevant to the 2005 Convention. The key objectives of the Programme aim to: i. promote contemporary artistic creation ii. support the mobility of artists and international networking iii. foster innovative initiatives with added cultural value iv. promote decentralization of cultural activities v. encourage cultural activities which address broader social issues vi. enhance cultural and arts education vii.develop intercultural activities which promote intercultural dialogue, solidarity and cooperation

The Cultural Services are currently considering monitoring the impact of the programme and collecting data regarding the number of artists and artistic groups, the number of applications approved for funding, the number of users of state-run/supported libraries and visitors of state-run/supported museums and galleries and the audience of festivals and cultural organisations who receive state funding. Finally, an international expert will conduct an assessment of the work delivered by the state-run/supported museums and galleries and will provide recommendations for future action.

Scope of the measure:
National
Nature of the measure:
financial, institutional
Main feature of the measure:

It is a funding programme which aims at supporting cultural activities initiated by the civil society (collective organizations or foundations, individual artists or groups of artists). This initiative aims to strengthen the competitive capacity of cultural operators in Cyprus.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

Through this programme, hundreds of individual artists and writers receive financial support for their creative work, along with approximately 50 significant cultural foundations, artistic centers and organizations. Around 80 minor artistic and cultural groups are also supported by the Cultural Services on an annual basis. 

The main expected results of the programme “Culture” include the following:

i: promote contemporary artistic creation

ii. support the mobility of artists and international networking

iii. foster innovative initiatives with added cultural value

iv. promote decentralization of cultural activities

v. encourage cultural activities which address broader social issues

vi. enhance cultural and arts education

vii. develop intercultural activities which promote intercultural dialogue, solidarity and cooperation

Furthermore, the programme aims to achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services in different regions and cultural fields in Cyprus, encourage broad participation and ensure a transparent system of governance of culture, by informally involving civil society in the debate about funding programmes and publishing the results of the evaluation process. 

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

€3.000.000

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Multi-domain
Cultural Value Chain
Creation
Production
Distribution
Participation