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Liechtenstein/ 2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy  

2.3 Cultural policy objectives

Liechtenstein's cultural policy targets the general public, artists, cultural institutions and projects. It involves more than just promoting culture, extending to advocating a public forum, ensuring advantageous general conditions and supporting the interests of artists. Cultural policy is closely related to other political areas: to foreign policy, financial policy, tourism, communication policy and educational policy. Cultural policy means more than merely administering and promoting cultural issues; it always impacts on society as a whole. The cultural and educational institutions, the houses of knowledge, learning and entertainment are prerequisites for society's existential needs.

In the face of the increasing convergence taking place in Europe, becoming acquainted with other cultures assumes a key role. It is clearly desirable not to eradicate our differences, but instead to look upon them with tolerance. Approximately 33.2% (as of 2010) of Liechtenstein's population are non-citizens. A cultivated involvement with each other results in a more receptive society, thus giving rise to a more broadly reinforced sense of self-esteem. Cultural policy also means improving the quality of human coexistence.

For more than ten years, the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein has deliberately sought out topics that deal with the contemporary attitude toward life in Europe. The government Ministry of Culture also supported the "Little Constellation" project in 2010, which was launched as a research project in San Marino in 2004 and serves as a platform for contemporary art in small European states and micro-areas. The platform's goal is to offer a different look at the current situation of modern societies. This is motivated by the demand for an expanded critical view of potential future developments.

In 2012, Liechtenstein decided to join Traduki, a European network for literature and books initiated cooperatively in 2008 by the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria, the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Swiss arts council Pro Helvetia, KulturKontakt Austria, the Goethe-Institut and the S. Fischer Foundation. The network promotes the translation of literature from, to and within Southeastern Europe.

Since 2013, Liechtenstein has made use of the worldwide network of libraries of the Goethe Institutes of the Federal Republic of Germany. These now also offer publications from Liechtenstein on the country's history and culture. The Goethe Institute promotes German language and culture and engages in international cultural cooperation.

The goals of Liechtenstein's cultural policy correspond to those of the Council of Europe, specifically to promote identity, creativity, diversity and access to cultural life.


Chapter published: 07-11-2013

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              Council of Europe/ERICarts, "Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe, 15th edition", 2014 | ISSN 2222-7334