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FYR of Macedonia/ 8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives  

8.4.2 Cultural houses and community cultural clubs

The primary mission of cultural houses and cultural centres is to conduct activities in the field of culture and to facilitate cultural life on the local level. In addition to professional programmes, amateurism is (was) a special target of these institutions, through the establishment of amateur clubs in the field of music, theatre, film, literature, folklore, fine arts, etc.

Some of these cultural houses did function on a satisfactory level, performing continuous and varied activities, while there were some whose existence was noticeable only in the payrolls of the Ministry of Culture. Until the 1990s, there were around 50 cultural houses located throughout the country.

According to the Government's Decision on the Network of National Institutions in the Field of Culture (December 2003), cultural houses have become local institutions financed by the local government. Very few of them, located in Bitola, Prilep, Strumica, Stip etc., will be transformed into cultural centres which would unify several institutions into one including professional theatres, libraries, art galleries etc. Hopefully, this process of decentralisation will make it possible for cultural centres to function in line with the cultural needs of the local population.

Chapter published: 06-10-2015

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