The first section of the Ministry of Education and Culture, exclusively responsible for culture, was created in 1965 under the name of Cultural Service. In 1992, after being upgraded to a department, it was renamed the Department of Cultural Services.
The Department of Cultural Services reflects the state cultural policy with regard to contemporary culture. It plays a significant role in shaping the local cultural policy as it is responsible for the development of Letters and Arts in Cyprus, for informing the public on and involving it in cultural activities and for promoting Cyprus’ cultural achievements overseas.
The government attaches great importance to culture and the implementation of the government’s multidimensional cultural policy passes through the advancement of cultural institutions and infrastructure and through the establishment of contemporary awareness on issues of cultural administration.