The EU Signs an Agreement with the BA to Support Cultural Diversity and Creativity Across Egypt

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Dr. Ismail Serageldin; Director of the Library of Alexandria, and Ambassador James Moran; Head of Delegation of the European Union to Egypt, will sign a one-million-euro grant agreement to support Cultural Diversity and Creativity in Egypt in a ceremony which will take place at the Cairo-based Sennary House, on Tuesday, 17 December 2013.

The main aim of this agreement is to reinforce the grounds for the development of the cultural sector in Egypt including an increased access to culture, and the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions, following the UNESCO 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, to which both Egypt and the European Union are parties.

The agreement aims to achieve specific objectives, including: providing increased access to culture all over Egypt, designing and publishing a draft cultural policy for Egypt, supporting artistic and cultural education, protecting and promoting the diversity of the cultural expressions, and reaffirming the importance of the link between culture and development.

The duration of the grant agreement is 24 months. The BA will be carrying out several projects and activities under three main pillars; namely: a dialogue process for a cultural policy in Egypt, interventions to support Egyptian cultural industries, and actions to support youth and new talents.

The activities to be implemented should lead to increased awareness of the importance of cultural activities with an impact on sustainable development. The agreement will also lead to increased dissemination of artistic and cultural production by young Egyptian artists all over Egypt, improved capacities of cultural operators and organizations all over Egypt through specialized trainings, and the establishment of policy grounds for the development of a framework for a cultural policy in Egypt.

The signing ceremony will start at 4.00 PM on Tuesday, 17 December 2013, at the Sennary House in Cairo.