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Belgium-German-Speaking-Community

Belgium-German-Speaking-Community

8. Creativity and Culture

8.4 Promoting culture and cultural participation

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  1. Reducing obstacles to young people's access to culture
  2. Disseminating information on cultural opportunities
  3. Knowledge of cultural heritage amongst young people

Reducing obstacles to young people's access to culture

The German-speaking Community would like to enable young people to be active artistically and culturally not only at school but also in their leisure time. For this reason, the government and the ministry have together developed the "Kulturbeutel". Thanks to this promotion programme, young people obtain financial assistance for the implementation of their projects and can obtain advice if desired.  To be supported, the projects must have a cultural or creative character and have been developed by a young person or a group of young people. The applicant must be between 14 and 30 years of age so he/she may be a minor. In this case, an adult must take the legal responsibility for the project. The young person or young people must in addition prepare, carry out and follow up their project themselves. They can, however, also be supported by a cultural or youth organisation.  In addition to the application form submitted, the young person must present his/her project idea to a jury. The jury will be composed of three young people and a member of the ministry staff. Its task is to review the applications and advise the Minister of Culture Isabelle Weykmans in the selection.

Promotion of cultural projects for improving accessibility to cultural activities (Culture Promotion Decree, Art. 28)

Cultural projects that aim to enable better accessibility to cultural activities for disadvantaged groups of the population can be funded.

The project must show total costs of a minimum of 1,000 euros, the level of the grant being a maximum of 50 % of the appropriate expenditure.

Those entitled to apply are legal persons that are promoted by the government within the scope of conventions or decrees in the social area, in cooperation with an artist, a promoted creative workshop, a promoted professional cultural body or an amateur arts organisation.

Culture Makes the School: payment of all fee costs by the government

The promotion programme "Culture Makes the School" is fully financed by the government and takes place in all schools. This enables all children and young people to be reached, even children and young people with a migration background, with a disability or from socially disadvantaged situations come into contact with art and culture.

Communication of culture (Culture Promotion Decree, Art. 1)

The funded prof. cultural bodies are requested to involve themselves in the communication of culture. Some cultural bodies have introduced their own discount system for young people.

Disseminating information on cultural opportunities

The Ministry advertises the provision in the Culture Makes the School programme by means of a catalogue, which is published new each year and distributed in all schools in the German-speaking Community. Over and above that, the provision can be viewed online (www.kulturmachtschule.be). This also applies to provision from the area of cultural heritage (www.ostbelgienlive.be, www.ostbelgienkulturerbe.be).

Also the professional cultural bodies, creative workshops etc. advertise their activities both online and via the print media (flyers, ads in local papers etc.)

Knowledge of cultural heritage amongst young people

Almost 50 clubs are devoted to traditional customs, most of them have committed to participating in the carnival. In line with the Rhineland tradition, the carnival in East Belgium is colourful, lively and down to earth.

The local museums too (Raeren pottery museum, Ikob, ZVS Museum St. Vith, Göhltal Museum) hold culture promotion activities for young people.

Apart from visits to the IKOB and the pottery museum as part of Culture Makes the School, there are no particular measures or projects in this regard.