In Germany, state spending on the arts amounts to roughly 8 billion euro a year.

Few countries promote culture and the arts like Germany. In many places around the world, shrinking public budgets and rising commercial pressures have marginalized all but the most successful artists. Germany, on the other hand, is still awash with largesse—in the form of state-funded cultural venues and other support for the arts. Despite recent cuts, the country still boasts 324 major orchestras and theaters, along with low, subsidized ticket prices. This year alone, there will be more than 300 classical-music festivals in Germany, many of them outdoors and free. State spending on the arts amounts to roughly 8 billion euro a year. "State [support] for the arts has a long tradition, going back to the Prussian kings," says Ingrid Wagner-Kantuser, an official in Berlin's culture department. "Art and culture are a very popular part of our lifestyle." (Newsweek)

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