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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


8. Creativity and Culture

8.4 Promoting culture and cultural participation

Reducing obstacles to young people's access to culture

In Flanders different policies, programmes projects and initiatives are introduced to facilitate access to cultural activities. Most of those initiatives are not exclusively directed to young people, but often they have the largest impact on young people.


UiTPAS-Vlaanderen (UiTPAS Flanders)

The UiTPAS is a card developed by Public (see 8.2). This card combines attractive benefits for all cardholders with financial discounts for people with low or fixed incomes. In this way people in poverty can participate in leisure activities with reduction rates but without stigmatization. The UiTPAS-card is not specific directed to young people, but a lot of young people make use of it. This is among others due to the fact that many schools use the UiTPAS system to apply it in a structurally way to let young people participate in  (compulsory) school trips. Some schools also decided to provide all their pupils with a UiTPAS. In this way, they avoid the stigma that only pupils in poverty would have an UiTPAS.

UiTPAS was launched in June 2012 as a pilot project in Aalst and surrounding municipalities. After a positive evaluation by the Flemish government, the program started in Brussels (under the name of Paspartoe) and in Ghent. In 2015, Ostend and the Southwest region also started implementing UiTPAS. In 2016 the Kempen, Maasmechelen and Leuven region followed. Also for 2017 there are several extensions.

On June 8 2017 the 100.000th UiTPAS was sold. Of this total number of cardholders approximately 50% were people with low or fixed incomes who could use the UiTPAS with reduction rates (52% in 2016).

Publiq who guides and follows up the UitPAS registers anonymous real-time data on the participation patterns and preferences of UiTPAS users. This way, governments can gain a better insight into the participatory behavior of their citizens in general and of people in poverty in particular.


Iedereen UiT (Everyone UiT) - leisure agendas with information on accessibility for people with physical disabilities

Another product of Publiq is Iedereen UiT. Publiq collaborates with Enter vzw, Intro vzw and the Agency Accessible Flanders to enrich the data in their UiT-database (see next section 8.4.2) with information on the accessibility of cultural activities and sites and the presence of special facilities for people with disabilities. This information is available on and  also on agendawidgets that are integrated on sector-specific websites.


Stadspiraten (City Pirates)  - a project for children in disadvantaged neighborhoods

The ‘City Pirates’ project brings together museums and youth work to make socially vulnerable children acquainted with heritage in their area. This threshold-reducing action is aimed at city children who cannot go on holiday and do not often come into contact with culture. In 2011 a pilot project took place in Ghent, and in recent years the action was extended to Antwerp, Aalst, Ostend, Leuven, Brussels, Genk and Knokke-Heist.



BILL presents cultural news for and by young people from 16 to 30 who live in Flanders and Brussels. About 60 volunteer youth reporters are involved in the content of BILL. For communication various media channels are used: live reports on Instagram, videos on Facebook, depth interview on the site, ... BILL uses also low-threshold and original awareness-raising campaigns and actions in school campuses and cities to reach young people.

BILL makes an own selection of events not to be missed and striking items. Everything gets an equal place, from popular mass events about interesting niche events to promising young people and their passion projects. The latter receive an extra stage and boost with the annual BILL Awards for young, creative, enterprising talent.

The BILL app provides an overview of the cultural activities and events in Flanders, Brussels and even in Europe through collaboration with the European Youth Card Association (EYCA). Through the app young people discover the best rates for young people and enjoy the cultural BILL discounts. The app is spread through education partners, cities, magazines and other channels.


Disseminating information on cultural opportunities

UiT-Databank (UiT-Database) - UiTmetVlieg ​(“OuT with Fly”)​

The UiT-Database, developed by Publiq, is a database where all information on leisure activities in Flanders is entered, gathered and redistributed. In 2016, around 21,000 organizers entered 189.012 activities. This information is accessible through the calendars of local governments and through Publiq’s website . By making a selection in the themes (e.g. theater, music, ...), the region, the data, etc. everyone can easily find a customized offer in the wide range of cultural and leisure activities. The UiT database is also a source of information for newspapers, magazines and (websites of) Flemish television channels. Several external channels use the UiT database on a daily basis for the publication of their listings.

The UiT-Database is also the agenda partner of many government-campaigns and information services within and outside the culture, youth and sports sectors. In collaboration with several partners Publiq Vlaanderen also develops UiT calendars tailored to target groups with specific information needs, such as disabled people or non-native speakers.

UiT met vlieg is part of the UiT Database and is a leisure agenda focusing on children. On one can find tailored information on trips and activities for and with children.  The label Vlieg (Fly) makes the culture and leisure offer for families with young children (-12 years) visible and recognizable. In view of the frequently-addressed needs of parents regarding the timely finding of creative holiday camps, Publiq also decided to adopt and integrate the website “Mijn kind op kamp” (my child on camp) - created a few years ago by Mediaraven as a temporary project - on the family platform UiT met Vlieg.

For young people, a label like “Vlieg” is not provided. However, the BILL-website makes also use of the UiT-database.



Cultuurkuur is a co-production of CANON Cultuurcel and Publiq. is a platform where cultural-educational organizations and artists introduce themselves and their activities (workshops, shows, lectures, etc.) to schools. Organizers of cultural education activities can publish their activities on Cultuurkuur through the UiT-Database.

Teachers can browse through the range of activities and make a choice that suits the age of their pupils, the learning objectives, the region or the fields of interest. Teachers and schools can contact the organizers directly to make further arrangements.

The site also encourages interaction. Teachers can recommend or discuss activities and by doing so, inspire other teachers. They can also follow the pages of cultural providers to keep up with their new projects.



Dynamo, formerly also known as dynamo3, is a subsidy project of CANON Cultuurcel. With DynamoOPWEG schools can request free bus transport to cultural destinations and with DynamoPROJECT they can apply for a subsidy to support a creative project at school. In addition, schools can find on Cultuurkuur an overview of other subsidies for culture at school, e.g. subsidies from cities and municipalities.

Recognized organizations in the social-cultural adult sector can post their activities on by entering them at and indicates which offer is organized by recognized socio-cultural adult organizations.

Other providers with an adult education offer can also enter this via the UiT-Database. Their acitvities also appears on


Knowledge of cultural heritage amongst young people

In 24 February 2017, the Flemish Government ratified the new Cultural Heritage Decree. This decree regulates the support of organizations in Flanders who occupy with cultural heritage activities. The Cultural Heritage Decree of 24 February 2017 draws the framework of support for the cultural heritage field in Flanders. The decree aims to promote care and dealing with moving and intangible heritage by developing the cultural heritage field, promoting qualitative and sustainable cultural heritage work and enhancing the social embedding of cultural heritage. "Together with the sector, I want to ensure that our cultural heritage is discovered and appreciated by a wider public, and that as many people as possible, and especially the cultural heritage communities, are involved in cultural heritage and cultural heritage activities," said Minister Gatz at the launch of the new decree. However, there is no explicit focus on young people.

In Flanders, the official launch of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 will be given On 21 November 2017. The Flemish government, FARO and Herita present their concrete plans and incentives that day. FARO and Herita are two institutions that support the discovery and appreciation of the cultural and artistic heritage. But neither of them focuses in particular on young people in their activities. However, Herita, which is a non-profit membership and network association that focuses on the awareness and appreciation of cultural heritage, pays explicit attention to families and children on their website.

A focus on young people in awareness-programmes seems rather rare in Flanders. One exception is the project “Jong redt Oud” (Young saves Old), initiated by the Provincial Cultural Heritage Center (PCCE), together with the Limburg municipal councils. The project Jong redt Oud is an educational and participatory project in which children and adolescents "adopt" a heritage site, monument or landscape with heritage value in their area.