It is high time that the Ministry of Culture started a genuine process of dialogue between all stakeholders and looked for collective, creative solutions.

This autumn, we highlight cultural policy research and activism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Through a series of insightful interviews, we introduce cultural policy researchers and activists who have contributed to the World CP –International Cultural Policy Database. For this second article in the series, we talk to Fatin Farhat (Palestine) – a key cultural player in the MENA region and contributor to the World CP, about her work, ambitions, challenges and vision for cultural policy as a collaborative process that can help weave new partnerships in Palestine. Read now.

The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) organises the 7th World Summit on Arts & Culture in Malta this month. Under the theme At the crossroads? Cultural Leadership in the 21st Century, the summit brings together government and cultural leaders from more than 80 countries.

Isabelle Schwarz, ECF’s Head of Advocacy, Research & Development and Knowledge Management, will be speaking in a panel on the role of culture in public diplomacy, and Philipp Dietachmair will give a workshop during the Cultural Leadership Programme. Other speakers include Rana Yazaji (Executive Director of Culture Resource) and Abdullah Al Kafri (Executive Director of Ettijahat – Independent Culture), who are featured in ECF’s interview special around cultural policies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. More information & full programme

from our library

We're inviting you to explore a resource hosted outside of our Library that we have proudly contributed to: the World CP –International Cultural Policy Database. Also check our featured people where we introduce you to the people behind this initiative.

New and updated cultural policy profiles are now available for Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Syria. The profiles identify the main cultural policy features of the countries, and present key information in a format that is easy to navigate and compare, following the Compendium model which informs all profiles on our WorldCP database. The profiles build on the results of a regional initiative launched in 2009 by Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy (Culture Resource) to understand the policies, legislations, and practices that guide cultural work in a number of Arab countries. Visit the World CP website for more.

Phoro: El-Funoun troupe in Al Bireh Festival 2016 © Nidaa Katamesh