North Rhine-Westphalia: Cultural Promotion Plan (Kulturförderplan), 2016–2018; North Rhine-Westphalia Land-Level Cultural Report (Landeskulturbericht Nordrhein-Westfalen), 2017

Ministry of Cultural, Academic and Scientific Affairs, North Rhine-Westphalia
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

Main aims:
Developing longer-term governance guidelines and in some cases legislation to underpin robust cultural infrastructure that fosters the diversity of cultural expression with due consideration to demographic and digital change
* North Rhine-Westphalia: The key objective is to foster diversity, i.e. to enable every person to participate in cultural life at any age, regardless of social situation, ethnic origin, health constraints or residency status.

Target groups:
Inhabitants of each Land; stakeholders funding, creating and/or interested in cultural content; volunteers; museum staff and sponsors (local and Land authorities, foundations, associations)

Expected results:
* Taking stock of varying situations in different fields of action
* Setting out funding lines and instruments in a transparent manner
* Laying foundations for sustainable cultural policy, cultural development and cultural promotion
* Identifying and preserving the public's cultural interests
* Inspiring, expanding and consolidating collaborations and networks
* Improving cultural sites and enriching the cultural scene
* Strengthening diversity and participation
* Intensifying the discourse on cultural policy
* Establishing the objectives of cultural policy and measures well ahead of time, so that the relevant stakeholders can plan
* Boosting cultural diversity nationwide
* Generating a broad basis of data for informed decisions in cultural policy
* Intensifying dialogue among museums, sponsors, the museums association and the relevant Land; expanding opportunities for cooperation and networks; promoting and strengthening the voluntary sector

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

North Rhine-Westphalia's Culture Promotion Act (Kulturfordergesetz) provides for new structures and instruments; two key instruments are the Cultural Promotion Plan and Report; first Cultural Promotion Plan drawn up for 2016 to 2018 in a participatory process in collaboration with the cultural scene and adopted by the North Rhine-Westphalian Land parliament on 15 December 2016; implementation of the Plan is flanked by the Cultural Report (Landeskulturbericht), which analyses general developments relating to cultural policy in North Rhine-Westphalia; in 2017, the Land government announced a 50% increase in the culture budget to EU300 million by 2022.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)