From September 11 to September 17 the National Youth Culture Week took place in cities all over Denmark including its capital. Various Copenhagen galleries and museums granted complimentary admission to young people between the ages of 18 to 27.
By Romana Ronja Ptáčková
The week was organized by the K7 initiative, whose goal is to bring art closer to young people. Last year, K7 managed to issue more than 50,000 free tickets to cultural institutions, which was more than any previous year. For the first time this year, tickets to concerts and theatre plays could be purchased for greatly reduced prices by individuals within the age range of 18 to 25. Many young people seemed to take advantage of the situation.
“I think it’s a great event. I don’t normally go to museums much, but today I’m already in a second one. The fact that they are free definitely motivated me. I like culture, but I don’t want to spend a lot on it,” says 22-year-old student Elias Håkansson.
The free admissions were available for Danes as well as internationals. It has turned out to be an effective way to spark an interest in culture in the younger generation and normalize visiting such facilities on a regular basis.
It is important to mention that there are galleries and museums that are free all year round. Among them are V1 Gallery, Edition Copenhagen, The Museum of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Cathedral Museum, and many others that offer cultural experiences free of charge