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The Green Position Culture

The arts and culture need freedom

Our society and way of life are undergoing the transition towards sustainability. Green cultural policy aims to support this process in all spheres of society. The question of what kind of future we want links culture and sustainability. As part of this transition, we need to harness the innovative power of the arts and the mobilising effect of a green lifestyle.

Green cultural policy aims to ensure that the arts and culture are accessible for everyone. People should not be excluded because of their place of residence, financial resources, background or disability. We want equitable access and participation for everyone.

Green cultural policy protects the freedom of the arts and culture. They do not need any nannying by the state, and nor should they be constrained by economics.

Green cultural policy aims to preserve and developcultural diversity and infrastructure. The arts and culture are a public responsibility. We are firm advocates for a vibrant culture – one which achieves a better balance between the various cultural offers and institutions.

Green cultural policy champions the artists themselves. Given that their employment and working conditions are often precarious, we want to give them more social security. This must include appropriate remuneration for their work, updating of copyright law in line with current requirements, and better tax and legal frameworks.

Green cultural policy supports the cultural and creative industries. In order to harness the potential of this future-oriented sector more effectively, we want to improve the working conditions of small and micro enterprises. This will require appropriate funding mechanisms.

Green cultural policy attaches importance to the ongoing task of reckoning with history and keeping remembrance alive. In order to promote a living culture of remembrance, we aim to support civil society initiatives as well as innovative school curriculum development.

Green cultural policy also sees itself as peace policy. So we want to strengthen Germany's foreign cultural policy, for intercultural understanding is pivotal to Europe's continued integration and a worldwide dialogue of cultures. In our multicultural society, the fostering of intercultural relations in the arts is particularly important.

Green cultural policy aims to promote cultural education, for this is the key to social participation and equal opportunities. Cultural institutions – from libraries to music schools and rehearsal spaces – must therefore be accessible to everyone. The Federal Government, the Länder and the local authorities must increase their investment here and recognise cultural education as a fundamental right.