Conde Duque strives to facilitate an understanding of the present through knowing and exploring the past, with the goal of promoting a more inclusive and diverse culture. The ultimate aim is to implement cultural content and rationality into the management of its services and spaces.
Combining the use of basic public services that conserve and promote our heritage with an attractive programme of cultural promotion is the ideal that makes up the essence of this centre, which is one of the trio of Large Urban Spaces on Madrid's cultural map, alongside CentroCentro and Matadero Madrid Contemporary Arts Centre.
Conde Duque's mission can be summarised in three strategic paths, each one of which is organised around a means of understanding culture.
+ Historic culture: To conserve, present and project culture, establishing a bridge between the present, the times in which we are living, and the cultural memory that is preserved in the various institutions that are based at Conde Duque, in a way in which a relationship between tradition and the contemporary is established.
+ Culture as a form of knowledge and education: Conde Duque promotes a vision of culture that is based on learning and educational initiatives, through which the intention is an 'orientation' of the citizen in the knowledge of arts and ideas.
+ Culture as life: This encompasses human relations; cohabitation, relationships with the area and, ultimately, the city, public participation and shared initiatives. To listen, coordinate and collaborate together to create projects.
+ Egalitarian male/female culture: Conde Duque was the first institution, along with the National Dramatic Centre (CDN) and the Almagro Classical Theatre Festival, to sign and conclude the Charter for a Season of Male/Female Equality in the Performing Arts (2016/17). The initiative, promoted by the association Clásicas y Modernas, aims to begin a progressive process towards equality for men and women, and is close to achieving a fairer and more balanced equal distribution, aiming for a representation of no less than 40% of activities focusing on and/or supported by female artists. Centro Cultural Conde Duque is thus morally committed to promoting and achieving a balance between men and women in its respective programmes over the coming seasons.
Conde Duque’s aims are structured around five working areas: contextualization of the present, cultural promotion through education and understanding, overcoming artistic-cultural limitations, the development and diffusion of activities and the institution of wider culture
Conde Duque is thus morally committed to promoting and achieving a balance between men and women in its respective programmes over the coming seasons