Spain/ 8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives  

8.4.2 Cultural houses and community cultural clubs

Civic centres are municipal spaces that encourage participation in the cultural and social dynamic of neighbourhoods. They connect broad segments of the population with culture through workshops, series of cultural events, talks and exhibitions. In addition to offering services for specific groups in the neighbourhood, the civic centres have specialised in offering coordinated services and cultural activities of interest to the general public.

In addition to these facilities, cultural houses at the municipal level also play an important role in active practices for the local population. Both types of centres depend on the programmes and, therefore, financing of local authorities.

The only data on visits to cultural centres are collected in the Survey of Cultural Habits and Practices in Spain by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (see chapter 8.2.1). According to this source, during the period 1990-2011, visits to cultural centres increased by nearly 7 percentage points (from 12.4% in 1990 to 19.2% of the population in 2010-2011).

Chapter published: 24-06-2015