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.

From the ballet Mini Macho by Kjersti Alveberg.

International cultural engagement

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.

The Temple of Bel in the historical city of Palmyra before its destruction in 2015.

The cultural sector in developing countries

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.

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