Thank to the enormous efforts of our Czech expert Pavla Petrová (Arts and Theatre Institute in Prague) an updated cultural policy profile reporting about major developments and new statistics of the Czech Republic is now online. Below you can see some of the current changes, new developments and data regarding cultural policy in the Czech Republic:
- In early 2020 work began on preparing a new state cultural policy (chapter 1.1)
- Fallout from the Covid-19 crisis highlighted a number of issues, such as the status of artists and the need for professional associations and new instruments of support for culture (chapter 1.2.5 and 2.3)
- To combat the impact of the Covid-19 crisis, extraordinary calls for proposals were made to support access to culture via digital technologies, at state level and by the City of Prague (chapter 2.4)
- In 2020 a round table was held in Brno that involved an open discussion on cultural institutions in a time of climate change (chapter 2.8).
- In response to the Covid-19 crisis, a new music platform has proposed to eliminate VAT from music sales, reduce VAT on tickets to 10%, extend state support for feelancers, interest-free loans, and a new National Music Fund to help to deal with the losses (chapter 2.9).
- The government established a range of measures to support state funded cultural organisations and projects in response to Covid-19 (chapter 2.9).
- In June 2020 the government reduced VAT on admission/entrance fees from 15% to 10% (chapter 2.9).
- From 1 May 2020, VAT was reduced to 10% on e-books and audiobooks, library fees, and sales of colouring books and maps. The Covid-19 crisis has led to discussion on a zero VAT rate for books (chapter 3.5.3).
- January 2021 saw changes to the taxation and social and health insurance payments for self-employed artists (chapter 4.1.3).
- In May 2020 legislation was introduced to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on ticket sales for cultural events (chapter 4.2.1).
- The Strategic Framework of Sustainable Development in the CR to 2030 aims to invest in life-long education and in the quality and accessibility of public cultural services, especially those focused on leisure-time activities for children and young people (chapter 6.1).
- Public expenditure on culture for 2018 was 14.8% more than for 2017, while total resources flowing to culture increased by 8.1% (chapter 7.1.1).
- A one off payment of 2 288 EUR was allocated in 2020 for self-employed artists in response to the Covid-19 crisis (chapter 7.2.1).
For the complete updated profile of the Czech Republic, please click here.