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8. Creativity and Culture

8.1 General context

Last update: 19 March 2021
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  1. Main trends in young people's creativity and cultural participation
  2. Main concepts

Main trends in young people's creativity and cultural participation

There is no national research, survey or statistical analysis available in Slovakia to exclusively map the participation of young people on cultural life/events.

The State Statistical Report on Culture - 2019 offers some partial information on the visit rates and the production of its institutions also for the group of children and youth:

  • Number of events for children and youth in theaters, at music events and in astronomical facilities is stable. Number of events for young people in museums and libraries is constantly growing. The number of events in galleries increased after a long period and in 2019 was the highest in the last five years.
  • Approx 4,730 visitors of specialized design events were children and young people under 18 years.
  • Culture of national minorities: These include folklore festivals, competitions in the recitation of national poetry and prose, literary days, cultural and educational summer camps for children and young people, creative workshops with traditional craftsmanship and other cultural events that have gained great popularity at the regional and national level of Slovak Republic, but they have also been popular abroad. In the territory of the Slovak Republic in 2019, 1,907 collectives developing the culture of national minorities performed their activities. Most groups of interest were active in the field of national folklore (590).

Flash Eurobarometer European Youth 2018 shows that young people in Slovakia do not perceive culture and creativity as one of the areas where they think the EU should take action to encourage young people to express solidarity (only 26% of respondents).

Main concepts

Cultural and educational activities

  • Mediation of cultural knowledge,
  • Securing the access for the population to culture in its broadest sense,
  • Enabling to discover individual talents and predispositions,
  • Cultivates, forms and educates individuals, interest groups, communities.

Cultural heritage:

An achieved compendium of cultural values (of material and spiritual culture), knowledge of science and technology, general education and culture, philosophical views, ideals and moral norms, as well as the level of interpersonal relationships.

Special-interest artistic activities:

  • Voluntary, non-professional activity of an artistic character,
  • Arises from natural cultural need, out of one's own interest and within one’s own free time,
  • Can be of an individual or collective form,
  • Helps to actualize and cultivates innate or acquired skills,
  • The aim is regeneration, creation of artistic values and social actualization.

Interest-based education - various educational activities outside of school education as is informal and non-institutional education of youth and adults including seniors (Source: National Culture Centre).