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EACEA National Policies Platform


8. Creativity and Culture

8.10 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 28 March 2022
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  1. Forthcoming policy developments
  2. Ongoing debates

Forthcoming policy developments

In the Finance Bill for 2021 the government and four supporting parties among others agreed to allocate funds to the following activities with relevance to creativity, culture and young people (list not complete):

  • Allocate DKK 185 million in 2021-2024 to a children and youth package for cultural activities. The package includes funding of the following projects:
    • In the House Artist (Huskunstnerordningen)
    • Live Music in Schools
    • Children and youth theatre
    • Regional orchestras
    • Renewal of the collection of books in day care institutions and after school care.
  • Allocate DKK 20 million in 2021 and in 2022 to municipal music and culture schools.


Ongoing debates

  • It is currently debated what can be done to counter the increasing individualised pressure from social media (among other things) that can be put on young people with regard to having ‘the perfect life’ (i.e. the perfect look, career, relationship). In the debate, cultural activities for young people are often highlighted as one of the possible means to counter the problem. For instance, via young people’s participation in voluntary associations and artistic activities.
  • The lockdown of parts of Danish society due to the COVID-19 pandemic has also affected young people – even though the Danish policy has been to prioritise young people’s access to, for instance, voluntary associations during the pandemic. Many of the arenas where young people normally meet (e.g. schools, educations, music venues) have been closed or had restricted access for longer or shorter periods. This has put increased focus on issues such as isolation and loneliness among young people – and what can be done to counter it.
  • In the last couple of years, the debate on how much social media influencers should be regulated has been very topical. This debate is part of the overall debate on media policy in Denmark.
  • Climate change is relevant in all fields of policy. Many young people are engaged in the debate and are for instance carrying out regular demonstrations. This has become an important social movement in Denmark. The cultural sector is – like other societal sectors – influenced by the debate and cultural education institutions’ focus on sustainability.
  • The debate on diversity and equality is very relevant in the current political climate regarding cultural politics. This is in regard to equality in the workspace but also in regard to equal representation in the public sphere.