Amateur arts and folk culture
Amateur arts and folk culture are supported and encouraged on the local level either through the local government or through initiatives of cultural associations and / or groups of people.
There is significant overlap between amateur and professional arts in Greece, with widespread phenomena of part-time work in the arts, moonlighting, and transition from amateur to professional status, and vice versa.
Cultural houses and community cultural clubs
There are numerous cultural associations in Greece, mostly in the field of local history and traditional culture. These are active in publishing and organising lectures and other small impact events. Many local film clubs, choral groups and literature reading groups operate on the local level.
In general, associations received some financial support from the state (since 2010 through the Register of Cultural Organisations initiative) or local government, but this support is not adequate to allow them to contribute in a significant way to cultural life. Typically, these organisations are self-funded through member contributions and money raised from different activities they organise. In some cases, cultural associations have formed the basis for the establishment of umbrella cultural organisations at local and regional level.