Ministry of Culture (Egypt)

The Ministry of Culture of Egypt is a ministry responsible for maintaining and promoting the culture of Egypt. The current minister is Ines Abdel-Dayem, former chairperson of the Cairo Opera and one of six women in the Egyptian Cabinet.[1][2]

Arab Republic of Egypt
Ministry of Culture
وزارة الثقافة
Agency overview
Formed1958 (1958)
Preceding agencies
  • Ministry of National Guidance
  • Ministry of Culture and National Guidance
Jurisdiction Egypt
HeadquartersZamalek, Cairo
Agency executive

History and structure

Until 1958, the ministry of national guidance dealt with the cultural affairs.[3] The ministry was established by President Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1958 under the name of the ministry of culture and national guidance.[3][4] The French model was adopted by the establishment.[4]


  • Supreme Council of Culture
  • The General Egyptian Book Authority
  • National Library and Archives
  • General Authority for Cultural Palaces
  • General Authority for Books and National archieves ( Dar elkotob )
  • Cairo Opera House
  • General Authority of the National Agency for Urban Harmony
  • Egyptian Arts Academy
  • Department of Applied Arts
  • The Fine Arts Sector
  • Cultural Development Fund
  • The Book and Publishing Commission


The Ministry often sends delegations to participate in events. In 2015, the Ministry participated in events in Doha, Qatar.[5] In November, 2018 the Ministry participated in the second annual Music Festival in Corsica.[6]


In January 2001, the Egyptian Ministry of Culture was criticized for withdrawing three novels of homoerotic poetry by the well-known 8th Century classical Arabic poet Abu Nuwas from circulation.[7][8]

See also


  1. "Cairo Opera Chairwoman Ines Abdel-Dayem appointed Egypt's new culture minister". Ahram. 14 January 2018. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  3. Jessica Winegar (2009). "Culture is the Solution: The Civilizing Mission of Egypt's Culture Palaces" (PDF). Romes. 43 (2). Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  4. Sonali Pahwa; Jessica Winegar (Summer 2012). "Culture, State and Revolution". MERIP. 42 (263). Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  5. "Egyptian Cultural Office in Doha, Qatar". Cultural Affairs and Missions Sector (in Arabic).
  6. "Egyptian Cultural Office in Paris, France". Cultural Affairs and Missions Sector (in Arabic).
  7. "Egypt's culture wars The puritans won't give up". The Economist. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  8. Mehrez, Samia (2001). "Take Them Out of the Ballgame Egypt's Cultural Players in Crisis". MERIP. 31 (Summer 2001). Retrieved 17 September 2018.

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