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(Minister of Culture)

Responsible for culture, including state radio and television

The Ministry of Culture is the department of the Government of Spain responsible for the promotion, protection and dissemination of the Spanish historical heritage, national museums, art, books, reading and literary creation, of cinematographic and audiovisual activities and of state archives and libraries. As of 2021, the Ministry also is responsible for the proposal and execution of the Government's policy on sport.[1]

Its budget gives it patronage power over most of Spain's cultural life.


The Ministry of Culture was created during the Spanish transition to democracy in the late 1970s. However, the government action on culture dates back to the 18th century. From the beginning of the century and promoted by the Crown, it appeared the first Royal Academies such as the Language (1713), History (1738) or Fine Arts (1752), all of them dependent from the Secretariat of State.[2]

In 1946 the Directorate-General for Cinematography and Theater was created, which main task was to censor this cultural sectors. It was suppressed in 1967. Finally, in 1977 it was created an independent Culture Ministry which assumed the Directorate-General for Artistic and Cultural Heritage from the Ministry of Education, the responsibilities of the Under Secretary for Family, Youth and Sport from the Ministry of the Presidency and the information and cultural functions of the Ministry of Information and Tourism (cinema, theaters, music). Likewise, the Secretariat of State for Culture was created and it also assumed RTVE.[3]

In 1981 the Ministry ceded to the City of Madrid the management of the Teatro Español.[4] In 1985 the Ministry suffered a big reshuffle because of the devolution of cultural powers to the recently created Regions.

Between 1996 and 2004 the Ministry of Culture was merged with the Ministry of Education although the Secretariat of State for Culture was maintained. In 2004 it was created again and in 2011 the Ministry assumed the competencies on bullfighting.[5] It was suppressed again in 2011 until 2018 when the new prime minister Pedro Sánchez recovered this Ministry.