Country Profile: Cultural Policy in Syria

Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafi (Culture Resource) Organization launched in 2009 a regional initiative aims to identify the main features of cultural policy in Arab countries. The ultimate goal is to build a Knowledge Base that supports cultural planning and collaboration in the region, as well as propose mechanisms to develop cultural work in Arab countries.

First stage of the project targeted preliminary surveys of policies, legislations, and practices that guide cultural work in eight Arab countries: Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco.

The process of Monitoring was conducted in the period between May 2009 and January 2010 by Arab researchers from all eight countries, and thus “Ettijahat- Independent culture” as the regional coordinator of the project developed the surveys and updated its information and data through specialized researchers who reviewed the information and amended it based on the most recent developments in the cultural scene.

The study has been completed according to the Compendium model which is adopted in study about cultural policies around the world. Research is divided into the following:

  1. Cultural context from a social and historical perspective.
  2. Administrative Subsidiarity and decision-making.
  3. General objectives and principles of cultural policies.
  4. Current topics debated in cultural policy development.
  5. Main legal texts in the cultural field.
  6. Financing of culture events and institutions.
  7. Cultural institutions and new partnerships.
  8. Supporting creativity and collaborations.


This survey has been conducted in 2009 and 2010 by the researchers Rana Yazeji and Reem Al Khateeb. The original material of the current survey is found below in black.

"Ettijahat- Independent culture", a regional coordinator of the project has updated the exploratory surveys periodically, in cooperation with national groups and independent researchers, the updates in the year 2013 was done by the researchers Rana Yazeji and Wedad Salloum.  Then updated again in 2014 by the researchers Wael Qadour and Wedad Salloum, you can find these most recent updates in red within the survey.


To download the research, please click the file attached below.

الحقوق محفوظة اتجاهات- ثقافة مستقلة 2019
تم دعم تأسيس اتجاهات. ثقافة مستقلة بمنحة من برنامج عبارة - مؤسسة المورد الثقافي