8. Creativity and Culture
Cultural participation of young people (14-35 years old according to Romanian Youth Law) is coordinated by the Ministry of Family, Youth and Equal Opportunities since January 2022 and it was coordinated by the Ministry of Youth and Sports until December 2021 (when the Ministry was reorganised). At local level the main institutions organising youth cultural events and projects are the 15 Students Cultural Centres active in 14 university cities (two in Bucharest), funded and monitored by the Ministry of Youth and Sports (until December 2021) and by the Ministry of Family, Youth and Equal Opportunities (from January 2022), and the Student Cultural Centre in Suceava, funded and monitored by the Ministry of Education.
The Ministry of Culture and the institutions under its coordination are also implementing activities for young people, but, in most cases, they are not systematic.
With few exceptions, including mainly the initiatives of the Students Cultural Centres and the programs dedicated to young creators, most of the initiatives promoting cultural participation, social inclusion through culture or non-formal education in cultural fields target children and young people, or young people and adults alike. The fact that young people are not directly and specifically targeted and the lack of monitoring and evaluation of these initiatives makes the estimation of their impact among young people impossible.