Welcome to the website of the new Secretary of State for Arts and Culture. Under the new organic law of V Constitutional Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, the Sector of Culture is now part of the Ministry of Tourism, in a bid to bet this executive to boost the cultural richness of the country for tourism purposes.
Over the last years, the Arts and Cultural Sector of Timor-Leste has been growing and consolidating, from institutional, finance and human resources point of view. Counting today with a Directorate-General and three National Directorates, we are currently advanced in the development of cultural projects that are fundamental to the country, among which are the National Library and Cultural Center and the Academy of Arts and Creative Cultural Industries of Timor-Leste.
In addition, we continue to work with communities, through surveys of the rich and diverse cultural heritage existent in each district, supporting reconstruction of Sacred Houses and providing various trainings in the areas of museums and libraries. The program of V Constitutional Government in the Sector of Arts and Culure V reflects these priorities and ambitions, which we expect to see implemented over the next five years.
I hope that this Website - reformulated and updated recently - continues to function as an important meeting place for all who are interested in the arts and culture of Timor-Leste, thus contributing to the process of consolidation of cultural and national identity of the nation.
Maria Isabel de Jesus Ximenes
Secretary of State for Arts and Culture
Ministry of Tourism
The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
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