Germany to introduce RM985 culture pass for 18-year-olds

  • Arts
  • Sunday, 04 Jun 2023

Visitors watch flowing data sculptures at the exhibition 'Refik Anadol. Machine Hallucinations' at the Kunstpalast art museum in Dusseldorf, Germany. Photo: AP

The German government is set to introduce its planned culture pass for young people on June 14, it said recently.

Via an app or website, those who turn 18 in 2023 will be able to buy tickets worth €200 (RM985) for cultural events including movies, concerts, theatre performances as well as books.

The €100mil (RM493mil) initiative will be available to some 750,000 young people in Germany. The programme models a similar initiative in France.

Large online retailers such as Amazon, streaming services like Netflix and music platforms like Spotify are excluded from the programme.

Eligible youth can identify themselves using a digital platform and app with the ID function of their identity card. For European Union citizens, this is done via the eID card and for non-European Union citizens via the electronic residence permit.

German Culture Minister Claudia Roth described the culture pass as one of her ministry's central projects this year, with which cultural policy is breaking new ground.

She said it was a gesture for the young generation following the coronavirus pandemic when many had withdrawn because of the restrictions. - dpa

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