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Hungary's cultural administration is dominated by the culture ministry,
whose official name is the Ministry
of National Cultural Heritage.
Although there is an audio-visual department, the Ministry has no mandate with regard to radio and television. Artistic education as well as general financial support for culture by local governments are beyond the responsibility of the Ministry. There is, however, a separate unit in charge of providing professional guidance to multi-functional local cultural institutes (cultural centres).
Two organisations are also active in the execution of the international cultural programme of the Ministry: Hungarofest which function is to organise major cultural programmes in Hungary and abroad and the Central European Cultural Institute which runs programmes of literature and visual arts in Hungary and in other countries in Central Europe, involving writers, intellectuals and artists from these places.
The National Cultural Fund distributes grants to project; it has supported international cultural exchanges and programmes in the field of architecture, environment, photography, literature, fine arts; applied arts, libraries, amateur arts, national Archives, movie pictures, museums, folk art, theatre, dance and music.
Hungarian Institute for Culture
The establishment of the Ministry of Informatics and Communication in June 2002 indicated an increased attention paid to new technologies. With the involvement of the Cultural Ministry, strategic co-operation is being prepared in the field of the preservation of digital heritage, with special regard to the audio-visual area. In the cultural sector, the most important activity has been the on-going telematic development of the public library system.
|Last update: 03-05-2006|