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8. Creativity and Culture

8.6 Developing entrepreneurial skills through culture

Last update: 28 November 2023

Developing entrepreneurial skills through cultural activities

Some youth associations, through their cultural activities, participate to this objective by giving young people the tools to develop their sense of initiative, creativity, their ability to manage projects, etc. 

For more information on entrepreneurial skills, see section 3.8. Development of entrepreneurship competence.

Support young entrepreneurs in the cultural and creative sectors

In the French-Speaking Community

  • The programme “Arti chok” supports young professional artists in their first mobility project. The kind of project supported may be an international festival, contest, foreign training or artist-in-residence programme. This programme is funded by the International Youth Office (100 000 euros per year) according to the International Youth Office. 
  • The decree of 10 April 2003 related to the recognition and the funding of the theatre arts professional sector develops a policy which supports artists of any ages. Even if the decree does not point out any specific attention to young creators, the advisory commissions charged of the selection pays attention to young creator’s projects according to the General Service of Theatre. The “Council in charge of supporting theatre’s projects” guarantees each year the support of 10 first creations. 

In Universities 

Universities have created a specific “legal status” for artist students. See section 3.8. Development of entrepreneurship competence.

At Federal level

At Federal level, there is also a legal status “student-entrepreneur” for students under 25 years old. See section 3.8. Development of entrepreneurship competence.

In Wallonia

The Agency charged to support entrepreneurship is the Agency for Enterprise and Innovation. See section 3.8. Development of entrepreneurship competence.

In Brussels

The Agency charged to support entrepreneurship is Impulse. More information in section 3.9.