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Culture Minister: Society is commercial and kitschy

RUDOLF Chmel, the Slovak Culture Minister, has proposed that the state triple its spending on the culture sector by 2010 from the current level of 0.6 percent of GDP. According to the minister, cultural activities in Slovakia are "in a state of emergency, if not at an historical low".

"Ignorance of culture is colossal; society is commercial, consumer-oriented and kitschy, and it seems this trend cannot be stopped," Chmel told the Slovak daily SME.

The Culture Ministry has also prepared a new cultural policy for Slovakia. According to the Hospodárske noviny daily, the new concept focuses on completing the decentralization of cultural infastructure, and creating a transparent system of cultural grants, as well as developing the culture industry and the artistic market.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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