8.4 Promoting culture and cultural participation
In BiH, there are no policies, programs, projects and initiatives organized or financed by the highest authorities that facilitate the access of young people to cultural environments. In relation to other European countries that implement the European Youth Card program, and financial support is provided by competent institutions, BiH has not received financial support for that program from any level of government since 2019. Cultural institutions in BiH, even those on whose foundations cultural heritage is built, are not financially strengthened, and do not receive sufficient financial support for the implementation of activities that would provide quality cultural offerings to young people.
According to the research presented in the Youth Study: BiH 2018/2019, young people mostly spend their free time interacting with information and communication technologies, most often digital technologies or the Internet (83.5% of respondents stated that they use these technologies as one of the primary ways of using free time). At that time, young people spent an average of 3.8 hours a day on the Internet. Young people, as the most active users of social networks, most often use Instagram (80.4%), followed by YouTube (69.3%) and Facebook (67.3%), which indicates their main source of information about opportunities. In BiH, there are no official websites and media that are specialized and focused on informing young people about opportunities. Information about grants, cultural content and programs is an integral part of the official websites of relevant ministries, public institutions, non-governmental organizations and other organizations such as the Peace Building Network, as well as youth web portals such as mladi.bl, hoću.ba,lonac.pro, etc.
There are no policies, programs, projects and initiatives organized or financed by the highest government institutions to support the discovery and raising of awareness amongst young people about the cultural and artistic heritage of European countries.