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8. Creativity and Culture

8.9 Enhancing social inclusion through culture

Last update: 28 November 2023
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  1. Fostering equality and young people involvement through cultural activities
  2. Combating discrimination and poverty through cultural activities

Fostering equality and young people involvement through cultural activities

Social Inclusion for the Gypsy People

The National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM) shows its commitment to inclusion in the field of performing arts by implementing pioneering measures in its artistic and production units that have become a point of reference for the entire sector. Some of these measures are: the installation of systems for the elimination of sensory barriers (audiodescription, magnetic induction loops and overtitling and subtitling systems); the promotion of complementary aids to beneficiaries of subsidies for the lease of overtitling and audiodescription equipment; the implementation of information in Braille format and multimedia guides or the installation of stenotype systems that have been replicated throughout the State.

In addition, it has made a firm commitment to establish a constant dialogue with the social inclusion sector and with the performing arts and music professionals as a whole through the holding of the Social Inclusion Conferences, the implementation of accessibility plans for audiences and artists with disabilities in INAEM's exhibition and rehearsal centers, the specific programming of stage creation with the participation of artists with disabilities, the training of personnel and the implementation of a diagnosis of the situation through questionnaires and consultations, as well as through the reception of complaints and suggestions from the public regarding accessibility and the elimination of barriers. Its presence as a member of the Royal Board on Disability and its active participation in different Advisory Centers guarantee the representativeness of the performing arts and music sector in organizations dedicated to the promotion and improvement of the rights of people with disabilities.


Transce Cultural Programme from Radio Eterogenia declared of the municipal interest of Córdoba

The deliberative Council of the city of Córdoba declared on September 7th, 2017, that the radio program "Transce Cultural" of radio Eterogenia of the Spanish Cultural Center Cordoba was of cultural interest, for its valuable work in the field of diversity and the promotion of LGTBIQ rights in pursuit of a more respectful and inclusive society.


Combating discrimination and poverty through cultural activities

As reported in a study conducted by the High Commission Against Child Poverty, scientific evidence shows that socioeconomic status conditions brain structure and that ecThe National Strategy for Social Inclusion of the Gypsy People in Spain 2021-2030 was created to foster and promote the Gypsy culture. The funding of the strategy depends on the budget of programs aimed at the whole population, programs developed exclusively to the Gypsy population and the projects of the different Autonomous Regions. Similarly, the recognition, study and dissemination of Romani as the international language of the Gypsy people is sought. Institutional support is given to the Institute of Gypsy Culture (Instituto deCultura Gitana) to promote the history and cultural heritage of the Gypsy people.


Performing Arts for Social inclusion

Economic disadvantage reduces opportunities to develop social and emotional skills. This impacts on educational performance, health and labor inclusion throughout life. Participation in cultural activities brings numerous benefits in childhood and adolescence and especially benefits people from more disadvantaged backgrounds, who have poorer academic and socioemotional development outcomes. Cultural policies are a powerful tool for preventing and addressing the consequences of poverty and inequality in children and adolescents.

Following the EU Council Recommendation establishing a European Child Guarantee, Spain has presented the State Action Plan for the Implementation of the European Child Guarantee (2022-2030) (PAEGIE), which is the main roadmap for investment in children and the fight against child poverty in our country for this decade. In the field of culture, the PAEGIE identifies the economic disadvantage of low-income families as one of the main barriers preventing the full participation of children and adolescents in cultural activities, and defines two specific measures in response: increasing the supply of inclusive and accessible cultural activities and promoting free cultural activities for children in vulnerable situations.

It is also worth mentioning the experimental program of Dual Training in Inclusive Crafts developed by the School of Training in Crafts, Restoration and Rehabilitation of Historical and Cultural Heritage of the Alayzín Center in Granada. It is a National Reference Center managed by the Territorial Delegation of Employment of the Board of Andalusia. It is a pioneer program in Spain with the aim of improving the level of training and the acquisition of personal labor skills and employability of people in situations of social vulnerability due to disability.