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Republic of North Macedonia

Republic of North Macedonia

8. Creativity and Culture

8.8 Synergies and partnerships

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  1. Synergies between public policies and programmes
  2. Partnerships between the culture and creative sectors, youth organisations and youth workers

Synergies between public policies and programmes

The questions of creativity and culture are cross-cutting in several Strategies on national level:

There is no information on existence of clear mechanism for cooperation in order to ensure synergies in the different policies.

The National Youth Strategy 2016-2025 is a comprehensive Strategy including different national policies that concern young people in one single document. The process for the creation of the Strategy was highly participative and involved the Ministries and other (non) governmental agencies concerned.

The synergy between the national and local policies on youth matters is very important. Many municipalities created local youth policies in order to improve youth development in their community. The creation of these local youth policies takes into consideration the youth strategy on national level while taking into account the local context. Most of these local youth strategies identify the culture as one of the main priorities for youth development.

The Strategy for youth of City of Skopje 2014-2018 (Стратегија за млади на град Скопје 2014-2018) is one example of Strategy on local level where culture is identified as one of the eight priorities.

The new Strategy for Youth of the City of Skopje, for the period 2021-2025 is being developed by the National Youth Council of Macedonia (network of 52 youth organizations and the biggest representative body of the young people in the country) and also places special emphasis on the cultural life of the young people. Till date (February 2021) the Strategy is not yet adopted.

Partnerships between the culture and creative sectors, youth organisations and youth workers

In October 2020, the Ministry of Culture announced Annual call for financing projects of National interest in certain activities and areas of culture for 2021. Legal entities (institutions in the field of culture (local or private), local self-government units, associations, unions, companies, sole proprietors and other legal entities) and natural citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia had the right to apply. The goal of the call was to support projects aimed at development, affirmation and promotion of culture in the Republic of North Macedonia in the following activities and areas:

  • protection of cultural heritage (museum activity and protection of intangible cultural heritage, library activity, protection of immovable cultural heritage and protection of audiovisual goods);
  • visual arts, architecture and design;
  • music and music-stage activity and folklore;
  • theater activity;
  • literature and publishing;
  • international cooperation;
  • interdisciplinary projects

Each applicant could choose maximum 2 areas, except the unemployed applicants that were not older than 35 years.[1]

In 2018 the Ministry of Culture formed intra-sectoral group for realization of youth policies in the field of culture. The group is composed of governmental institution and youth organizations. In December 2018 Intra-sectoral group held first meeting where they discussed about measures proposed by Ministry of Culture which should led to greater involvement of young people in cultural life in the country. Some of the measures are: scholarships for talented students, discounts for high school and university students, international projects in the field of culture (in partnership with AYS) etc. There is no publicly available information on other meetings or actions undertaken by this group.