All young people residing in Portugal will, from April, be able to visit cultural facilities free of charge under the Ministry of Culture, in the year they celebrate their 18th birthday, according to an order published this Wednesday.
This diploma, published in Diário da República, “allows all citizens residing in the national territory, in the calendar year in which they turn 18, to visit museums, palaces and national theaters free of charge, as well as other equipment or activities provided by the services and bodies under the direction, superintendence and supervision of the Minister of Culture ”.
This is one of the winning measures of the Participatory Budget Portugal 2017, designated as “Culture for All”, which includes a component aimed at young people who turn 18, promoting their free access to artistic and cultural initiatives and spaces, just if they present the citizen card.
“Considering that the referred initiative had a high adhesion, the Government decided that, from now on, all young people living in Portugal can enjoy that cultural offer between January 1st and December 31st of the calendar year in which they turn 18, specifies the joint dispatch from the Ministries of Finance and Culture, which takes effect from April 1.
This program started in 2018 and should end the following year, but due to its “positive effects” on young people's access to culture and the creation of new audiences, it was decided to extend the program, said the secretary of State for Culture, Angela Ferreira at the time.
Authored by João Gonçalo Pereira and Tiago Veloso, the “Cultura para Todos” program was the most voted in the 2017 edition of the Participatory Budget Portugal and also includes the platform “Livrar” (rid.pt), launched on December 13, 2018 , which allows free books to be made available to registered users.