Culture concepts of the Länder – Land cultural policy strategies

Where
Germany
When
2016
Key objectives of the measure:

Creating longer-term governance guidelines for viable cultural infrastructure to promote diversity of cultural expressions, taking into consideration the dual nature of cultural assets and demographic and digital change; cultural education becoming a (legal) compulsory task of publically funded institutions on a case-by-case basis

Scope of the measure:
Local, Regional
Nature of the measure:
legislative, regulatory, financial, institutional
Main feature of the measure:

1 Brandenburg: Kulturpolitische Landesstrategie (Cultural policy strategy), 2012
2 Lower Saxony: Kulturentwicklungskonzept (Cultural development concept), September 2012
3 North Rhine-Westphalia: Kulturfördergesetz (Law on Promoting the Arts and Cultural Sector the cultural sector), December 2014
4 Saxony-Anhalt: Kulturkonvent (Convention on culture), 2011 and 2012; Landeskulturkonzept (State cultural concept), 2015 to 2025
5 Free State of Saxony: Kulturpolitische Leitlinien (Cultural policy guidelines), 2014 and 2015 comprehensive evaluation of the cultural area law of 1993
6 Schleswig-Holstein: Kulturperspektiven (Cultural perspectives), July 2014
7 Free State of Thuringia: Kulturkonzept (Cultural concept) 2012, cultural development concepts for two model regions 2013 to 2015, pilot phase of implementation 2015 to 2017

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

- Reinforcing the socio-political role of culture, promoting cultural diversity throughout the country, preserving regional cultural differences, strengthening cultural locations
- Adopting concisely and comprehensibly formulated cultural strategies
- Achieving consensus through consultations with civil society and other actors
- Amplifying the transparency of cultural policy action, identifying areas of regional potential
- Activating partners who are important for implementation: artists, cultural producers, civil society, citizen engagement, foundations, the private sector, and others
- Inspiring, expanding and consolidating cooperations and cross-linkages
- Supporting aesthetic and cultural education; strengthening volunteer activities and participation, including through mapping sites and practices of mainstream culture

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

1 Brandenburg: Evaluation reports to the Landtag regularly since 2013
2 Lower Saxony: 2014 study and information on volunteering and mainstream culture http://www.mwk.Niedersachsen.de/themen/kultur/kulturentwicklungskonzept_Niedersachsen_kek/ehrenamt_einzelvorhaben_und_termine/ehrenamt-einzelvorhaben-und-termine-118565.html
3 North Rhine-Westphalia: Developing a cultural promotion plan in 2015 and 2016. State-level cultural report produced once per legislative term.
4 Saxony-Anhalt: Kulturkonvent (Convention on Culture ) in 2011 and 2012 with 36 members: Took stock of the cultural potential and future forms of cultural diversity in the face of a shrinking population; expectation for 2025: fewer than 2 million inhabitants; Convention recommendations from February 2013 http://www.kulturkonvent.sachsen-anhalt.de/fileadmin/Bibliothek/
Landesjournal/Kultur_Medien_Kirchen/Kulturkonvent/Kulturkonvent_28022013.pdf
5 Saxony: According to an evaluation, the cultural area law has successfully contributed to extensive preservation of regional cultural structures. In 2016, the Landtag is holding final consultations about the experts’ recommendations. From 2016 onward, the law will be cautiously updated and further developed (including inter alia cultural education, integration of migrants, digitalisation issues). Administrative management is being simplified. Evaluation report at http://www.kulturland.sachsen.de/download/Evaluation.pdf, appendix volume at http://www.kulturland.sachsen.de/download/Anlagenband_Evaluation.pdf.
6 Schleswig-Holstein: Culture concept adopted by the Cabinet in July 2014 as a cross-cutting political issue with short-, medium- and long-term targets, including in arts promotion, at http://www.kulturdialog.schleswig-holstein.de A large amount of attention is devoted to aesthetic education, cultural heritage preservation and participation in cultural life. Evaluation scheduled.
7 Thuringia: Cultural basic essentials secured for 70 per cent of inhabitants of rural areas. Development of a museum region in the southern model region (http://www.kulturkonzept-hbn-son.de) and culture, tourism, marketing and a regional cultural education concept for the northern model region (http://www.kulturkonzept-kyf-ndh.de). More information at http://apps.thueringen.de/de/publikationen/pic/pubdownload1605.pdf

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Multi-domain
Cultural Value Chain
Participation