Dresden: 700,000 euros a year: This is how Dresden’s children can visit the museums for free

700,000 euros a year: Dresden’s children can visit the museums for free

From 2023, Dresden wants to invest almost 700,000 euros a year so that children can try culture and art for free. An important decision awaits now.

The children’s biennial in the Japanese palace is tailored for young visitors. In order to mitigate the consequences of Corona, museum visits should in future be free for the little ones – that is at least the idea.
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Dresden. Corona has hit low-income families particularly hard. In three steps, the city now wants to create long-term and free cultural offerings for more and more children. The city council is expected to release the necessary funds by the fall. What exactly is planned.

Why does Dresden see a need for action?

In Dresden, educational injustices related to Corona, according to Mayor Annekatrin Klepsch (left), “have deteriorated significantly over the past two years. The various phases of the epidemic have led to serious stress, especially for children, young people and their families.”

To at least mitigate the consequences of the corona virus, Dresden launched for the first time a municipal and free school holiday course in the summer of 2020 and continued it in 2021. This should now be connected.

What rules currently apply?

In general, there are already free ways to get to, for example, the museum or to participate in cultural events. For example, the city’s museums provide free admission to all visitors every Friday from 12 noon. The museums handle up to 19 percent of the total number of visitors this afternoon alone.

There are also partnerships with schools, for example between the Philharmonie and the 139th primary school in Dresden-Gorbitz. There are also no fees for the Philharmonic Children’s Choir, school visits for rehearsals, the offer of “musicians visit schools” or Dresden school concerts.

Since 2015, the municipal libraries for young people up to the age of 18 have not charged an annual fee. Admission to one museum for Statens Kunstsamlinger is free every Sunday from 15.00 to 18.00.

However, additional offers are difficult to implement. Leipzig wanted to completely abolish access to the municipal museums as early as 2021. The plan has since been pushed back to 2023.

What is urban planning?

Dresden therefore wants to make culture and art available free of charge to more and more children in three steps, step by step. The plan is valid from 2023 and requires the approval of the City Council.

Specifically, additional offers as a first step should be free during the summer holidays. Dresden wants to connect these offers with the holiday card brochure. It takes around 82,000 euros a year to reach almost 9,000 children and young people each year. In addition to the municipal museums, the Hygiene Museum, “tjg. Theater young generation” and the Transport Museum must also participate.

In another step, regular offers must be free all year round, mediated by group offers in day care institutions and schools. Project days, tours, class concerts and theater visits are all conceivable. Currently, this costs between 2.16 and 17.54 euros per child. Dresden intends to spend around 475,000 euros a year on making this offer available free of charge to almost 92,000 children and young people.

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As step 3, “year-round ensemble offerings” are planned, ie free membership in music, dance or theater groups. Collaboration with, among others, “tjg”‘s theater academy is conceivable. 140,000 euros will be needed, which could finance offers for more than 2,000 children.

The city council is due to discuss and make a final decision on October 6th.

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