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Good Governance for Cultural Policy

An African-European Research about Arts and Development


Edited By Wolfgang Schneider and Daniel Gad

Culture is seen as a source for the development of society. Task of cultural policy is therefore to create and support structures that promote mobilization of creativity of the people and thus ensure welfare, innovation and pluralism. Such relationships have been discussed at the level of UNESCO for the past forty years. Within Germany and Europe as well as on the African continent experiences and initiatives are increasing in order to put discourse on cultural policies into practice. There is a need to provide a forum for the exchange of concepts and to identify the state of the art of theory and practice within the concepts of good governance and cultural policy. It is essential to clarify the role and the needed context of the arts, of art education and of individual artists in the development of society.
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The Needs to Protect the Freedom of Expression and Creativity.Restructuring the Egypt’s Ministry of Culture


Basma El Husseiny

The revolution of 25 January 2011 shook a political order that had ruled Egypt for over six decades. Following the overthrow of the head of that order, a complex and arduous process of social and political change was set into motion. This process quickly assumed the form of a gruelling political conflict between the forces and agencies of the old order and the revolutionary forces. Very early on, the Islamist currents that took part in the revolution broke away, staking for themselves a position hostile to the liberal and leftist revolutionary forces and establishing themselves as a third player in the power struggle. This conflict is likely to last for many years and not even the most astute political analyst could predict its outcome. Nevertheless, one cannot deny the gains that continue to accrue. Foremost among these are the broadening scope of interest and involvement in public affairs, the growth in political awareness and acumen, and a steadily increasing willingness to criticise and to question prevailing social and cultural mores, beliefs and axioms. Such developments are readily apparent to any informed observer.

The revolution has offered Egyptians a rare opportunity to scrutinise, revise and modify all the political structures that had governed their public affairs for 60 years. Therefore, immediately after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, in February 2011, I began to draw up a plan for how to handle the legacy of the Ministry of Culture that had governed Egyptian cultural life...

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