What is Bad Honnef doing with € 20,000 for culture? | Honnef today

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Bad Honnef – Culture in Germany is usually volunteering. This means that rich communities can afford super-expensive operas, and poor communities are just considering whether they should support the city’s music school.

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On the other hand, cities and municipalities like to embellish themselves with their cultural offers, even though they are not helping them finance them with any euro. Where publicly funded culture does not exist, clubs or cultural stakeholders tend to undertake this work on a voluntary basis and at their own expense.

Over the past two years, Corona has contributed to the fact that culture has almost completely disappeared from everyday life. The unsatisfactory support from artists and organizers by the state gave many people involved in cultural life the rest, cultural places gave up, independent artists were looking for another job in order to at least continue to have health insurance.

Bad Honnef is a classic example of a commune that likes to beautify itself with its cultural offer, but hardly invests in culture. In this respect, a large voluntary commitment also sustains the image of a vibrant and cultural community in the spa. If it were not for these idealists, dead pants would be the order of the day on the state border. This situation would not be saved by any major concerts such as those scheduled on the island. After a month, they are recreated and, at best, still reappear in memories. Sustainability as good as nothing.

In Bad Honnef, culture is closely related to economic development, although one has absolutely nothing to do with the other. In addition to the depth of the soul, culture has an educational mission. At best, economic development can use culture but cannot control it.

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While most of the party has apparently given up on strategic cultural work in Bad Honnef or even dare not approach it, the CDU at least makes sure that the issue of financing culture does not create too much dust. First of all, a member of the board of Dr. Christian Kunze. Years later, Kunze even managed – along with other activists – that the city wanted to allocate 20,000. euro for the cultural sector. Now the question is: How is the money used?

The CDU parliamentary group does not consider it advisable to directly support artists. More detailed research among artists and on the cultural scene showed that the state and federal governments were massively supporting the cultural sector, including individual artists, during the Corona period, and that artists in Bad Honnef were also aware of this. If you look at specific local cultural areas, such as fine arts, music, literature, etc.
there would be no evidence of economic problems faced by individuals.

A bold thesis. CDU, however, also ignored the local infrastructure, ie the organizers and venues, as well as the issues of fees, Gema, insurance … If the artists come from abroad, the costs of accommodation, meals, etc. are additionally borne to a fair remuneration. Fixed fees can only be agreed on rare occasions as you can never predict how many visitors will come. So it usually comes down to a percentage split. If attendance is bad, it’s all with the economy and artists come home with little incomes.

There has been a need for a basic salary for artists for some time, which could also counter the trend that professional or semi-professional musicians have to earn a living wearing a hat to make ends meet – which in the long term does not necessarily mean that cultural work should contribute to self-confidence. And music lovers ask themselves why they should pay for a concert when they can experience it almost for free for Heiermann (or less) on the terrace of the nearest pub.

Other municipalities, of course, take a more demanding approach to appreciating local culture. The CDU draws attention to the neighboring city of Unkel, which, with the great support of the state, positions itself as the “cultural city of Unkel”. Königswinter also intended to create a concept for the development of culture and formulate guidelines for its promotion.

In an inter-municipal localization competition, culture plays an increasingly important role and becomes an integral part of city marketing and quality of life promotion, which should also be the case in Bad Honnef, writes the CDU in its request for the upcoming meeting of the commission for June 7, 2022 at 6 p.m. in council hall. If he gets his way, € 20,000 should go to the concept of cultural development.

One can only hope that economic and cultural development will not ultimately be thrown together. – Alternatively, Bad Honnef could think of how to make culture a responsibility of the municipality. The example of Saxony.

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