Culture's Ten Commandments
(being a free English translation of some very literary Norwegian)
1. Diluting the definition of culture is artless
Good cultural policy maintains a definition of culture that has
a basis in art. A wise politician works for interchange between
culture and areas of society, but not for demands for prevention
and commerce to be placed on culture.
2. When cultural dogs lie in the manger, it
We want politicians who do not continue to exploit unnecessary conflicts
in the cultural sphere, but who promote a climate of cooperation.
3. If you want to get ahead in the world,
Politicians responsible for education and culture must be aware
of the need for formation of playful, creative citizens who have
woken their muse within.
4. All that blisters is not mould.
Our own confusion about new art forms must not lead to cultural
policy that prohibits innovation.
5. Culture is both creation and reawakening.
Necessary initiatives for innovation must not displace the reawakening
and communication of tradition that benefits artists, performers
and audiences alike.
6. Generations - unite!
Initiatives aimed at both children and young people must go hand
in hand with cultural initiatives at the places where different
age groups meet and mix.
7. Being yourself is not enough
Wise cultural policy operates within all aspects of cultural identities.
8. Time is money in the bank
We want politicians who can see the difference between cultural
work and bureaucracy, who realise that quality takes time and who
see investment opportunities in time in all of their activity.
9. Necessity is the mother of bus conductors
We want politicians who can ensure that the cultural activities
are not dependent on raffles and handouts for finance. Our aim must
be increases in financing up to a level that Norway, as a cultural
nation, can be proud of.
10. Legislate unto another as you would be
We challenge politicians to make political statements about how
the right of the population to culture can be ensured in times of
tight municipal and regional funding.