In efforts to encourage young adults to experience live culture and drop home-bound (and screen-bound) pandemic habits, the German government has created a €200 "Kulturpass" for all 18 year-olds. Germany's culture minister, Claudia Roth, said the culture pass is the "equivalent of a birthday present" for 750,000 teens in Germany who turn 18 in 2023, The Guardian reports. Finance minister Christian Lindner called the pass "cultural start-up capital," where the 18-year-olds can use it over two years, for anything from theater and concert tickets to books or music. The funds are managed through an app and a website connects pass recipients to a virtual marketplace for the purchase of theater tickets, books, etc. Emphasis is placed on smaller, local organizations, like independent bookshops and cinemas, and exclude large online platforms like Amazon and Spotify. If the scheme is successful, it may expand to other cohorts of teens as well. In recent years, before the pandemic, other European countries like France and Italy have introduced similar initiatives.

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