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Berlin Unveils €947 Million Culture Fund to Boost Cultural Spaces

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Berlin Unveils €947 Million Culture Fund to Boost Cultural Spaces

Berlin’s Senator for Culture has introduced a substantial €947 million (£813 million) culture fund for 2024, a €13 million increase from the previous year’s budget. The fund aims to enhance the city’s cultural landscape by adding 500 new cultural spaces, including nightclubs, venues, museums, and theaters, to the existing count of 2,000. This initiative seeks to double the number of state-owned cultural spaces by 2030.

The augmented funding is part of an ongoing commitment by Joe Chialo, the State Minister for Culture and Social Cohesion, to reinvigorate youth interest in culture post-pandemic. Having taken charge of Berlin’s culture sector in 2023, Chialo, a former frontman of a heavy metal band, has pledged to raise the budget to €1 billion for 2025 to ensure a continued focus on excellence.

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Notable projects benefiting from the increased budget include the restoration of the Komische Oper, a historic German opera house, along with provisions for new cultural venues, exhibition halls, drama schools, and theaters.

Comparisons have been drawn between the culture fund allocations in the UK and Germany, with Berlin’s budget now more than double that of the entire culture fund for England in 2024.

In response to this development, Ruth Hogarth, editor of Art Professional and research fellow at Queen Mary University of London, highlighted on Twitter that even considering “lottery and local authority funding on top,” the UK’s culture fund falls significantly short of per capita spending.

The Berlin senate has also introduced the ‘Jungendkulkarte’, a new cultural program offering young Berliners €50 to cover entry fees for participating nightclubs and various other cultural activities.

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