Cultural policy of non-western countries


November 2006 -

Mexico hosted the Unesco conference in 1982 that gave birth to international recognition for the importance of cultural policy. The country itself is primarily striving to stop the cultural influence from its neighbour to the north.



October 2006 -

The Surinam government completed its draft cultural policy in August 2006. The agenda for the next ten months will be filled with intensive consultation with cultural partners and artists. The premise for the definite policy to be distilled from the discussions is the wide cultural diversity.



September 2006 -

The Pinochet dictatorship oppressed the right to free speech and every type of collective action for a long period of time. Today culture plays a major part in re-establishing unity and solidarity among the Chilean population. Creative Diversity is a key concept in this respect.



August 2006 -

Despite the relentless war, significant attention is devoted to the arts in Colombia. The government is utilising culture as a weapon against ‘fear, forgetfulness and violence’. The population is invited to embrace ‘democratic, cultural citizenship’.



July 2006 -

Development policy based on stimulating creative thinking and on cultural networks is the key to success in the current era of globalisation. This policy philosophy, as exemplified by the Brazilian Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, determines both the national and international approach to culture in his country.



June 2006 -

The objectives of the Communist revolution of 1959 were utopian, in response to the decadence, corruption and violence that preceded it. One of the first measures taken by the new government was the definition of a cultural policy that strongly influenced the island state’s artistic climate.



May 2006 -

Even though it is one of the poorest countries in the Caribbean, Jamaica is not without ambition. Its national cultural policy prescribes that the country become a "cultural super power".



April 2006 -

For a long time, communist ideology determined the limits of cultural expression in Vietnam. Even though culture still serves social development, artists have enjoyed more artistic freedom for a decade now.



March 2006 -

Every province in Thailand has its own arts council. The 76 regional departments develop their own culture policy based on national guidelines, attuning activities to the local needs.



February 2006 -

Bangladesh is developing its first cultural policy. The National Cultural Committee submitted its draft text to the government for approval in July 2005.

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