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In Luxembourg, the statistics show that a large part of the population has very limited access to culture and that they only have little or no reference to it. Also they are only hardly taken into consideration by cultural politics. Examples for this are:

 

  • In 2016, the risk of poverty such as for inequality, was 15.3%. The poverty and inequality rate are subject to constant fluctuations, with an upward trend during the last 20 years.
  • Young people, foreigners, poorly educated, unemployed and single parents are more affected by poverty (Forum, October 2016).
  • In 2015, 12% of the population was in constant poverty.
  • The number of illiterates is between 7% and 9% (Ministry of Education, 2014).


In recent years, discussions have been conducted at various levels. An example of this is the Social Inclusion Plan 2003-2005, which focuses on “the promotion of the access to culture for people with modest income” by offering free tickets to national museums and municipalities through the initiated passport “Culture for All” issued by the Ministry of Culture. This passport was available to everyone who could present proof of modest income through SNAS (Service national d’action sociale).

In addition, during the government declaration of 2004 (point 8 of the Ministry of Culture, Higher Education and Research), the government engaged to develop further measures to facilitate access to culture: “In order to ensure better access to culture for everyone, the government provides incentives to all cultural institutions for the implementation of flexible opening hours and acquiring new audiences, wether for young or old people, Luxembourgers or foreigners. Open Days, tickets for young people or, for example, targeted campaigns that attract the attention of those who are usually excluded from society, to help those people overcome their fear to pass the door of such institutions. Thanks to targeted cooperations with schools of the country, education services of cultural institutions, artists and culture-makers the population will be sensitized to art, creativity and scientific culture. The Activity Report of the Ministry of Culture 2007 deals with the creation of an inter-ministerial group (Culture Education), which has launched a cultural program in schools.

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