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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


8. Creativity and Culture

8.2 Administration and governance

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  1. Governance
  2. Cross-sectorial cooperation


The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth is the main governmental authority responsible for Creativity and Culture and specifically its Department of Cultural Services. The Cultural Services are the main actors in developing the cultural policy of the state as regards the Letters and the Arts in Cyprus, on informing the public about cultural events and their participation in them and promoting the achievements of our cultural activities abroad.

The Minister of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth is also the liaison between the Youth Board of Cyprus (state’s authority on youth issues) and the rest of the Council of Ministers and government. Therefore, regarding the policies affecting young people’s participation and involvement in culture, the Youth Board of Cyprus’ structures and mechanisms are involved. More information on how policies for youth are decided can be found on Chapter 1.4 Youth Policy Decision-making and 1.5 Cross-sectoral approach with other ministries.

At the same time, policies taken at the national level are enforced locally since it’s the responsibility of the central government and not of the local authorities. The local authorities are in charge with the implementation of programmes through funding they receive from the government. Moreover, youth NGO’s, such us Cyprus Youth Clubs Organisation (KOKEN), are also funded to organise cultural events locally.

 Also, there are some non-public actors, such us the Cyprus Architectural Heritage Organization and Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, which aim to promote and highlight the island's cultural heritage, both internally and abroad.

Last but not least, in 2017, with the “Περί της Κυπριακής Ακαδημίας Επιστημών, Γραμμάτων και Τεχνών” law, the Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts was founded. This academy is the uppermost spiritual institution of Cyprus, in the field of science, letters and art and it is the focus of the most prominent Cypriot scientists, liability and artists.

Cross-sectorial cooperation

The Department of Cultural Services cooperate with the rest of the Departments of the Ministry when it comes to cultural issues and also with different other Departments of the public administration such as the Cyprus Department of Antiquities of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, the Cyprus Theatre OrganisationCyprus Deputy Ministry of TourismCyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Presidential Commissioner who is managing the Service for Overseas and Repatriated Cypriots and the Religious Groups.

Under the National Youth Strategy though a new cross-sectorial partnership is being developed especially on culture and creativity policies for youth (see also 1.5 Cross-sectoral approach with other ministries).