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Liechtenstein/ 8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives  

8.4.1 Amateur arts and folk culture

Liechtenstein does not have its own legal or collective framework for professional artists. With a few exceptions, the majority of artists work semi-professionally. At the same time, Liechtenstein's amateur art activities, volunteer work and private initiative all play a central role in Liechtenstein's cultural landscape. The eleven Liechtenstein municipalities and private patrons, together with the state, promote various cultural organisations: galleries, choral societies, photo clubs, traditional and musical societies. Thus 10 brass bands with approximately 450 musicians have been cornerstones of Liechtenstein's cultural and social life for roughly 150 years. Since 1985, the Liechtenstein Brass Band Association has been a member of the International Confederation of Musical Societies (CISM), whose goal is to promote non-professional musicians. There are also 24 choral societies in Liechtenstein. In these societies, over 1 000 singers congregate to sing together in their leisure time. The societies are part of the Liechtenstein Choir Association, a member of the European AGEC.

The Music School and the School of Fine Arts play a major role in the promotion of amateur junior artists.

Chapter published: 12-11-2014

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