Ministry of Culture (Lebanon)

The Ministry of Culture (French: Ministère de la Culture, Arabic: وزارة الثقافة‎) is a government ministry of Lebanon.

Lebanese Republic
Ministry of Culture
وزارة الثقافة
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Agency overview
Formed1993; 28 years ago (1993)
JurisdictionGovernment of Lebanon
Coordinates: 33°53′32″N 35°29′5″E / 33.89222°N 35.48472°E / 33.89222; 35.48472
Agency executive
  • Abbas Mortada, The Minister of Culture Edit this at Wikidata


The Ministry was formed in 1993,[1] originally as part of the Ministry of Culture and Higher Education from which it became a separate entity in August 2000. A new law was passed in October 2008 regarding a re-structuring for the Ministry. It now has responsibility over matters of heritage, antiquities, arts, literature, cultural industries and management of cultural and historical property.[2]

Tasks and responsibilitiesEdit

The ministry's remit includes various tasks such as planning cultural and sectoral policy, organising and sponsoring literary and artistic affairs, developing the knowledge economy and establishing and co-ordinating expertise. Responsibilities include proposing draft laws and regulations, promoting creativity, research and productivity, promoting innovative products, establishing cultural facilities, archaeological surveys and excavations, preservation and public display of antiques and managing ancient sites. The ministry also supports and facilitates research in cultural fields organizes cultural events and conferences.


The Ministry is divided into three units, The Directorate General of Cultural Affairs, The Directorate General of Antiquities and The Joint Administrative Service. It also runs The Baakleen National Library, the General Authority for Museums and the National Higher Institute of Music. It is also attached to the National Committee for Education, Knowledge and Culture.

Former ministersEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ David Lawrence Livingston; Columbia University (2008). Sects & cinema in Lebanon. Columbia University. p. 249. ISBN 978-0-549-51467-1. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  2. ^ World Intellectual Property Organization (2003). Performance of copyright industries in selected Arab countries: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia. World Intellectual Property Organization. p. 135. ISBN 978-92-805-1316-5. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
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