Ministry of Culture (Lebanon)

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Lebanese Republic
Ministry of Culture
وزارة الثقافة
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Agency overview
Formed 1993; 21 years ago (1993)
Jurisdiction Government of Lebanon
Headquarters Beirut
Coordinates: 33°53′32″N 35°29′5″E / 33.89222°N 35.48472°E / 33.89222; 35.48472
Agency executive Gaby Layyoun, Minister
Website Official website
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The Ministry of Culture (Arabic: وزارة الثقافة‎, French: Ministère de la Culture) is a government ministry of Lebanon.


The Ministry was formed after the Lebanese Civil War 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 responsibilities[edit]

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.


The current minister of culture, since June 2011, is Gaby Layoun who represents the Free Patriotic Movement.[3]

Former ministers[edit]

See also[edit]


  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. 
  3. ^ Now Lebanon, 17 June 2011, Layoun says new cabinet will “confront STL”