Norway is different. Throughout the country there is the living community that cultivates character and cultural associations with the commitment and vigorous visions. Our history is characterized by the small differences between people, and little adelsmakt. The will of the people is therefore a real term which through the centuries has appointed and deposed kings and has been a basis for our existence. Laws and rules has been a crucial tool.
Culture is a paradoxical discipline , and there is surprisingly little competition for the political positions here. The ministry of culture was first created in 1982 with Lars Roar Langslet (H) as the first culture. From the time of public cultural policies sought to find their place and justify itself in multiple ways. "Culture and health", "Culture and industry", "Culture provides added value" are labels that have been on the fashion. Those who talked about "Culture as a culture" without explaining everything else, was long looked down upon. Recent years is the culture of quality has become more central, also from those who control the budgets.
A serious problem occurs when there is some get to decide what is quality. In Norway there is a state aid is often perceived as a seal of approval, and such decisions are taken by few heads in Oslo. The upcoming regionreformen adds up to that the power of culture to desentraliseres. Brought, Trondheim, Tromsø and Stavanger m.fl. will handle tasks that are currently happening in the capital. Institutions that receive large grants from the public is very concerned about and talking about the need for "quality, expertise and arm's-length-distance-principle". It is possible that this is a point, but wins with to share the of power, I believe, is far greater.
It must be inspiring also for the institutions themselves that they have a real and close relationship to local politicians and the population around them. An example of the opposite is the state health enterprises, which came in 2001. In my opinion, this organization contributed to a large hierarchy with the distance to most people as well as the establishment of an administrative elite which most directors earn more than the prime minister. This is snobbish and unnecessary. I think there is expertise elsewhere than in the governmental organizations and ministries that are able to make wise decisions.
Should finkulturen survive , it must have legitimacy and interest in the population. A decentralisation of public funding and control to the local and regional level, can just enable this. CORK has occasionally been threatened with closure, but has responded with to be a startling good promoter of classical music. Should society address major challenges, dialogue, and also resistance in the population of great value.
It is to hide behind a safe state aid and bask in the glow of being recognized, is in the length of penalties, who slew for the artistic creative force. When Norway in the period 1850-1930 was a impoverished country, grew it anyway up artists in the world.
Nyttårskonsertene is upon us in these days, a strong concept in which a far larger audience than usual to be exposed to classical music. Strauss-komponistenes music was an escapism before the great empires met their demise, but the music's beauty and understandable structures fascinates us today. Culture is big contrasts. Happy new year!