Following the ratification of the Convention in Denmark, it was concluded that Denmark was already complying with the provisions of the Convention Denmark has been actively engaged in following up on the Convention since its entry into force. The formulation of new policies in the area of arts and culture is based on the Convention. As the Danish cultural policy from the beginning has been based on principles very similar to those in the Convention, the implementation of the Convention on an overall level in Denmark must be categorized as successful. Among the achievements is that Denmark is covered by a plenitude of publicly supported museums, theatres, orchestras, venues, libraries, music schools, that gives everybody acces to a wide and diverse range of cultural and artistic expressions.
An overall challenge in the cultural area – as to the entire society – is continually to look at the way money is being spent and to make priorities in order to get “as much culture as possible”.
An example of a future cultural policy initiative is a national debate about cultural awareness and intangible cultural heritage in the shape of a cultural “Canon” collecting proposals from the entire population about those values, traditions, habits and so forth, which combined constitute a part of a common Danish “narrative”. This debate will be carried out throughtout 2016 with a view to increase the cultural awareness and the social cohesion across Denmark.
Further, the strategy for international cultural cooperation within the International Culture Panel (see section 2.1) will be revised in 2016. Given the closure of the Danish Centre for Culture and Development by the end of 2016, new ways of incorporating culture in order to achieve overall development policy priorities will be considered.