International cultural engagement
The Government attaches great importance to helping Norwegian artists, writers, architects, designers, musicians and other practitioners of the creative arts to gain a foothold on the international stage. The Government also seeks to strengthen the cultural sector in developing countries through multilateral cooperation and bilateral projects.
The primary objective of the Government's efforts to promote Norwegian culture internationally is to help Norwegian artists to gain access to key arenas abroad and thus reach a wider audience.
Norwegian aid to the cultural sector in developing countries aims to strengthen democracy and respect for human rights. A free and independent cultural sector has an important part to play in ensuring respect for, and observance of, fundamental human fights, and helps to promote employment, growth, dialogue and free debate.
‘The arts are a key element of the global exchange of ideas and opinions, and it is important for Norway to make its voice heard here. This is one of the Government’s priorities, and we are therefore delighted that Norway has been chosen as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2019,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
The EEA and Norway Grants are an effective tool for strengthening relations between Norway and the beneficiary countries, an independent evaluation has concluded.
With help from Norwegian construction students, one of the oldest wooden synagogue in the Baltics have been restored. When the ‘Green Synagogue’ opened to the public it was barely recognisable.
Foreign Minister Børge Brende's foreword to the book "Made in Norway - New Norwegian Architecture" Volume II on modern Norwegian Architecture.
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