The culture pass celebrates its first year and defends its balance sheet


In its premises in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, Sébastien Cavalier, president of Pass Culture, is jubilant. To celebrate the first year of the flagship cultural system of Emmanuel Macron’s first five-year term, the former director of the urban museum Tony Garnier in Lyon invited the press and unveiled a cascade of figures resembling trophies: 1.9 million young people affected, i.e. a penetration rate of 75% among 15-18 year olds, 14,000 partners, 30 million active offers… The president of the Culture pass exhibited the medals of a device promised by Emmanuel Macron since 2017, and often criticized by the political opposition. Behind this assessment with hagiographic accents, Sébastien Cavalier, surrounded by actors from the world of culture, responded in hollow to the criticisms of the detractors of the device. And prepared the ground for an extension of the device from the sixth grade.

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The implementation of the Culture pass on a national scale dates from May 2021. It then allocated 300 euros to be spent in the world of culture to all young people aged 18. To this have been added, since January 2022, 20 euros for young people aged 15, 30 euros for young people aged 16 and 30 euros for young people aged 17. A simple principle, but which overturns many of the habits of state cultural policy: instead of subsidizing cultural actors, the state helps the public. “We pass you 300 euros”, even proclaims an advertising campaign broadcast before the press conference. “It’s a new way of making a cultural policy. We give the floor to the customer”, sums up Sébastien Chevalier.

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