The Cultural Decentralisation Programme has been established since 2015 as a regional cultural development programme (initially on a pilot basis). It has been institutionalized since 2016 and aims at promoting, cultivating and disseminating culture and providing opportunities for acquaintance, understanding, participation and creation in the widest possible strata of rural communities. It also encourages the mobility of artists and other culture professionals as well as their artistic work. In this context, it enables both artists and audience to formulate artistic perceptions and stimuli and promotes the interaction amongst them.
The programme enhanced the opportunities of professional and cultural employment. Moreover, it bolsters access and participation in cultural activities amongst rural communities. Additionally, the programme promotes sustainable development through cultural tourism.
The implementation of the programme has not yet been completed and the evaluation is based on mid-progress reviews which are carried out by the local communities and the participants in the programme. The initial reviews indicate that there is a positive impact on local communities.