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Cultural institutions and organisations have been advised to integrate diversity perspectives in their ordinary activities, rather than develop diversity as a new sector of culture.


The proportion of public grants to projects concerning cultural diversity increased from 4.2% to 7.5%.

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Norway/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.7 Intercultural dialogue: actors, strategies, programmes

In the years before and ahead of the millennium, several programs emphasising multiculturalism within the arts were established. Arts Council e.g. established the programme Mosaikk to encourage artists of ethnical background.

The government includes terms of cultural diversity aspects when allocating grants to cultural institutions. For instance, The Ministry stresses that cultural diversity should not develop into a new sector of culture. This applies to institutions and organisations to integrate diversity perspectives into their ordinary activities. Thus, in addition to goals and measures of their activities in 2008, they should also prepare long-term strategies for the inclusion of diversity aspects in these activities.

In the museum sector, multiculturalism was also emphasized. In a 1999 Parliament report concerning libraries, archives and museums, the Norwegian government stated that: "Museums will be an arena where people can develop positive attitudes to their own and other cultural roots." Thus, multi-culturalism was emphasised as an important future issue for museums as well. During the last few years, several museums have worked extensively with multicultural projects and a separate network for such projects has been established.

In recent years, there have been few such programmes. This may be due to the emphasis recently put on the autonomy of the arts. An important part of this included the removal of guidelines that promoted multiculturalism in the funding agreements of national cultural organisations. Artists with an immigrant background have also expressed dissatisfaction with multicultural programmes. They feel stigmatised when receiving support based on their ethnic background, not their artistic skills.

Additional Resources:

Government's overall approach to intercultural dialogue

Database of Good Practice on Intercultural Dialogue

Key Resources

Chapter published: 20-03-2017

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