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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


8. Creativity and Culture

Cultural policies in Hungary, especially the ones targeting young people, are increasingly becoming related to a salient and conscious reconceptualisation of community culture. The concept of basic cultural care: a form of care in the field of culture that provides the minimum of cultural services used by a vast majority of the public – thus the municipal level in culture-related tasks is essential and has a high emphasis in both planning and funding (see sub-chapters 8.1 General context and 8.2 Administration and governance).

Culture-related tasks can be found in several governmental and public bodies. Community culture is administered by the Ministry of Human Capacities, in the State Secretariat for Culture. The two most important public institutions related to strategical planning and funding are the National Cultural Fund (chaired by the minister responsible for culture) and the Hungarian Academy of Arts. In contrast, the methodological background of community culture is provided by NMI Cultural Institute Non-profit Public Utility Ltd. (see sub-chapter 8.2 Administration and governance).

There is no national strategy for creativity and culture for young people. The most relevant documents regarding cultural policies of the government are

  • the cultural law, which has been significantly modified in 2017 to express the policies related to the concept of basic cultural care,
  • the National Youth Strategy and
  • other strategies of related policy fields (sustainable development and education).

The strategical goals are mostly aimed at increasing access of young people to culture and to broadening the involvement of cultural institutions in non-formal learning opportunities (see sub-chapter 8.3 National strategy on creativity and culture for young people).