In a press statement, the The Norwegian Labour Party, Centre and Socialist Left Party speak with a united voice when the three parties demand a new and far more offensive cultural policy as a contrast to the present Christian Democrat/Conservative administration’s culture platform.

The three parties have come to an agreement on a joint strategy to bolster the Norwegian cultural scene through a number of initiatives. The most central of the proposed initiatives is the allotment of one percent of the total government’s budget to the cultural field. In addition to this drastic measure, the three parties have agreed on a 14-article list of priorities that are to form the foundation for Norwegian cultural politics for the next decade.

Here’s the list of priorities as presented by The Norwegian Labour Party, Centre and Socialist Left:

1. One percent of the total government budget is to be allotted to culture
The Norwegian Labour Party, Centre and Socialist Left pledge to reserve one percent of the government’s total budget for the Norwegian cultural scene. Based on the current budget, this proposition would result in an increase of funds for the cultural sector of app. NOK 1,3 billion (€ 153 mill./USD 187 mill).
2. Introduction of a new cultural law

3. Improved terms of conditions for artists 4. Cultural schools for all children 5. Continued support for the growing success of Norwegian film 6. Increased support of Norwegian music 7. Increased support for Dance arts 8. Increased support of stage arts – new support programmes for institutionalized ensembles 9. Increased support for voluntary work 10. Expansion of cultural activities in schools 11. Bolster the Norwegian language’s position – increased support for Norwegian literature. 12. Increased use of art in public spaces 13. Satisfactory terms of condition for Sami culture 14. Norway as a multi-cultural nation 15. Increased support for establishment of local cultural institutions
These are the main priorities in the political centre and left’s proposition for a cultural
policy for the next decade. The Parliament’s committee for Family and Culture is now in the process of finalising its comments for the Kulturmeldingen – the White Book on culture that has been prepared by the Royal Norwegian Ministry for Cultural Affairs. The final document which is to be approved by Parliament will create the foundation for cultural life in Norway for the next decade. will monitor the process and bring updates on key decisions made by Parliament.

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