Germany increases federal support for culture to €1.8 billion

Posted on: June 29, 2018

“The German parliament has approved a 9% increase in federal spending on culture, bringing the total budget to €1.8bn,” writes Catherine Hickley in Thursday’s (6/28) Art Newspaper. “Additional funding has been earmarked for preserving and protecting heritage buildings, archive materials and memorial sites. Another priority of the budget is to increase arts offerings and education in rural regions, says the German culture minister Monika Grütters…. Federal funds for fine arts, literature, music and translation will be topped up by an additional €5m, while €7.5m extra has been reserved for the purchase of artworks of national importance. Grütters has also allocated €1.5m to help arts institutions increase their digital presence and another €1.5m for the preservation of archive material. More funding will also be available to Berlin institutions such as the opera houses and the Berlin Philharmonic. ‘I am grateful for this signal of confidence in culture from members of parliament,’ Grütters said in a statement. ‘Arts and culture are more important than ever before as bridge-builders; culture promotes shared values and identity.’ ”

Posted June 29, 2018