There is no specific national strategy for performing arts in Croatia. The instruments related to this sector are based on the yearly public calls for public needs in culture through three streams of financing: funding for professional theatres, funding for amateur theatre activities and funding for programmes in contemporary dance and movement. The Cultural Council for Theatre and Performing Arts is a consultative body to the Minister of Culture and Media in connection to performing arts activities. A special measure for encouraging Croatian drama and theatre creativity is the ‘Marin Držić’ Award given by the Ministry of Culture and Media (see chapter 7.2.3).
Debates within the sector were concentrated on the Draft Law on Artistic Activities in 2019 that would have an impact on performing artists and thus the performing arts sector in general. After a number of comments from the professional community, the draft Law was halted. Further discussions were related to the announcement of the Ministry that the changes in the Law on Theatres will be made in the upcoming calendar year. During 2020 the focus of the recent discussions in the performing arts sector were concentrated around the impact of the Zagreb earthquake on the theatre buildings and the assessment of the financial and social repercussions of the damages, the impact of COVID-19 on the (lives of artists and workers in the) performing arts, functioning of the private theatre companies and the applicability of the online environment for the performing arts sector.