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FYR of Macedonia/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and debates  

4.2.1 Conceptual issues of policies for the arts

Lack of any recognisable concept for the cultural policy system often initiated superficial ad hoc debates and polemics in the past several years about the real national interest / priorities in the field of culture; whether the focus should be on the so called "living culture" (art, theatre, film etc.) or cultural heritage, etc. These two "concepts" (combined with more or less old-fashioned details), in some broader meaning, also represent the general cultural interests and priorities of the two major political parties that have been in power for the past 20 years.   

There has been no serious political / public debate in the period 2008-2016on any of the important conceptual issues and policies in the field of culture, such as: the necessity of having a clear concept of the cultural policy system or following any particular model, financing culture, the independent cultural sector etc. The Draft of the National Strategy for Culture 2013-2017 was a good chance for a political and public debate because the opposition had contributed serious conceptual and other comments on the document. But since the opposition was forced out of the Parliament (December 24, 2012) and stayed out until June 2013, there was practically no debate and the Strategy was adopted by the Parliament in the absence of the Macedonian opposition parties.

On the other hand, in 2017 the Ministry of Culture organised 10 public debates throughout the country on the Draft of the National Strategy for Cultural Development 2018-2022, explaining and debating the new conceptual issues of policies for culture and arts.

Chapter published: 06-02-2019

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