The Cultural Forum on 29 and 30 June was attended by nearly 400 stakeholders in the Grand Duchy's cultural scene; it included the presentation of the cultural development plan for the period from 2018 to 2020. The plan was drawn up on the basis of consultations held as part of the 2016 Cultural Forum and other earlier meetings of study groups.
Summing up two years of thinking
Covering nearly 200 pages, the cultural development plan draws up an inventory and presents a number of observations and aims divided into six chapters. The document describes 61 recommendations intended to provide a better structure for the cultural scene and prepare it for future challenges. During three sessions, the topics 'A cultural development plan for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg', 'Recognition of and in culture', and 'The situation of the independent artist' were covered at round-table discussions and public debates.
An investment and not an expense
The bottom line is that culture must be thought of more as something vital - the reflection of a dynamic society. This means that, as the main parties concerned point out, the financial effort to promote the entire sector constitutes "an investment and not an expense". The cultural development plan marks the start of a long process during which politics and culture will have to work together if it is to be implemented.
The first version of the development plan can be consulted online, and cultural stakeholders and indeed anyone else may leave their comments, until 31 July. The final version of the plan will be presented at the end of September.
(Article written by the editorial team of the luxembourg.lu portal / Source: Ministry of Culture)