Last week, the Ministry of Culture has opened the public consultation process for the Cultural and National Heritage Strategy 2016-2020. The proposals, suggestions and opinions can be submitted until 23 November, 2016. Up until now, the cultural sector of Romania does not benefit from a strategic document assumed by the government on medium or long term in order to be implemented nationally, regionally and locally by the authorities.
The city capital was in the same situation for 26 years, but after more then two years of negotiations, Bucharest’s authorities have managed to finish the capital’s cultural strategy and presented it just before the announcing of the winner of the European Cultural Capital title.
The flip side of the coin
From these public documents which can be read on the Ministry of Culture’s website, the National Institute of Statistics shows a painful reality about Romania.
The number of public libraries has decreased with more than 2000 units in the period 2007-2015, while the drop has been noticed both in libraries situated in rural and urban areas.
When it comes to monuments restoration, in 2010 the total amount of money invested was almost RON 50 million for 304 monuments, while in 2015 only 164 received money for their facelift, meaning almost RON 23.5 million.
Moreover, the tragedy is obvious in terms of cinema halls. In 1990, in Romania, there were 600 cinema halls. 20 years later, in 2010, the number decreased to 67. In 2016, Romania has only 77 cinema halls.
The cultural glass half full
On the other hand, the number of Romanian movies has increased. In 2010, there were 19 productions, then was a slightly decreased in 2011 to 14 productions, then 20 movies in 2012, 27 in 2013 and 29 in 2014, according to the National Institute of Statistics.
Also, the National Cultural Fund Administration has financed more and more projects since 2010, when only 83 cultural projects have benefit from the money (almost RON 2 million), while in 2015 the sum was more than doubled (RON 4.7 million) for 115 cultural projects.
Moreover, the number of museums has also raised between 2011-2015, from 709 to 738, as well as the number of visitors for them: from almost 9 million in 2010 to over 13 million in 2015.
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