50 projects are supported in the 2013 first open competition for cultural industries projects.
4.2.3 Cultural/creative industries: policies and programmes
One of the burning public dilemmas in the field of culture during the last 15 years has been whether there is a cultural market in the country, and whether culture could exist under market conditions.
One of the arguments on the deficit of a private market for culture is the small size of the territory and the modest population, as well as the small language market, for example, in the field of publishing. Together they limit the conditions required to develop a fully functioning cultural industry. It must be pointed out that no studies have been carried out on the culture industries and there is no official definition of this type of industry.
In 2008, the project "Active citizenship and participative cultural policy" was promoted by the Multimedia Centre for Performing Arts. The project-workshop is aimed at representatives of local administrations, cultural institutions and local NGOs of (to start) five communities. The main goal is finding suitable mechanisms that would lead to systematic cultural development in the local communities. The project has been designed to identify the challenges in the cultural sector at local level, placing emphasis on the cultural industries as a potential for economic development.
Through the 2013 first open competition for cultural industry projects, separately from the already established yearly competition for projects of national interest, the Ministry of Culture has financed around 50 cultural industry projects.
Although insufficient, the development of cultural / creative industries is also mentioned in the National Strategy for Culture 2012-2017. It is said that modern technology and creative industries stimulate the development of contemporary culture, especially in the domain of the applied arts and creative practices. It is also said that in order to establish higher standards in visual aesthetics, design in all its forms should be stimulated in the future.
See also chapter 4.2.2.