MED CULTURE: a new EU regional programme supports developing cultural policies in Palestine
The newly launched EU-funded regional programme “Med Culture” held two consultation meetings with representatives of Palestinian Ministry of Culture and line ministries on Wednesday 21 May 2014 at Khalil al-Sakakini Cultural Centre in Ramallah, as well as with Palestinian cultural practitioners on Thursday 22 May 2014 at the Bethlehem Peace Centre.
The main objective of these consultations is to jointly identify priority areas, and choreograph corresponding action plans to be implemented in partnership with the Med Culture programme throughout the 4 years of the programme’s life span.
Palestinians have always perceived Culture as a “liberation” and affirmation tool face to the augmenting difficult reality of Israeli occupation, the absence of statehood, the restrictions on the mobility of Palestinian artists, audiences and products, and the fragmentation of the Palestinian territory weigh heavily on the Palestinian cultural scene.
In response to the situation and within the framework of EU Assistance to Palestinians, the European Union have been providing funds to both local and regional initiatives in a wide range of cultural sectors such as dance, music, film festivals, theatre production, exhibitions, training workshops, etc.
“The Palestinian cultural scene is diverse and rich. The EU has been supporting several Palestinian cultural initiatives and projects over the past years as we believe that culture is a social, economic and political asset," said the Olga Gibert Baus, Head of Social Section at the Office of the EU Representative. ''Through this programme, we will be working with the Palestinian Ministry of Culture to develop cultural policies that can meet the challenges, while allowing Culture to grow beyond the issue of identity towards contributing to growth and development of the Palestinian society.”