A plan for culture

16.01.2015 |

It has become a kind of tradition to resort to cliches when referring to the situation in the Ukrainian culture (to say that it is in decline, dying, that the the state does not support, etc.). One of such cliches there is no cultural policy in Ukraine has essentially become nearly philosophical. On the one hand absence of policy is a policy itself. On the other hand, speaking about the official policy in the sphere of culture, it has always existed. Its foundations and priorities have been cited in numerous normative acts, concepts of culture developed and voiced by government officials. However, their essence was not accepted by many and in a number of cases was not clear. In addition, if the policy means a number of steps, actions, decisions aimed at taking the sphere from point A to point B, we indeed do not have a cultural policy. The sphere seems an old-growth forest, which has not been affected much by the reformist activities in the past two decades.

Now, there is a chance to change that. The strategy of development of culture of Ukraine until 2025 will be developed by the end of 2015 and also the action plan for its implementation. It will be a state document that will concern not only the activities of the Ministry of Culture, but also other government agencies. It will provide the new cultural policy of the country, a revised philosophy of the activity of cultural sphere, its goals and tasks, directions of the reforms. It is expected that the document will either be approved by the presidential decree or by the Verkhovna Rada. The development of the strategy is envisaged in the Action Plan on the implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and EU and also the coalition agreement.

Most importantly, for the first time in the history of Ukraine the strategy of development of culture is being developed not in the offices of civil servants, but by the community of representatives of all sectors of culture from different regions of the country, cultural activists, representatives of national and municipal cultural institutions and figures of the non-government sector. This will help reach consensus in the issues of cultural development in the most professional environment and also will serve as a certain guarantee that the Strategy-2025, as it was with other documents, will not be placed on the shelf.

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