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Sánchez announced in October 2021 that the new General State Budgets would include a cultural bonus of up to 400 euros for those young people who turn 18. The idea of ​​this initiative is that this sector of the population can have greater access to culture as well as promote various leisure alternatives. Spain is not the only country that has such aid, in fact, for the elaboration of the text the Ministry of Culture and Sport has followed the experience of other countries such as France or Italy that have already implemented similar benefits.

In France, known as “Pass Culture”, the beneficiaries have a mobile application through which they can make up to 300 euros of cultural expenses for a period of 24 months. Instead, Italy is upping the ante with a series of €500 coupons that they can use on concerts, movies, books, museums or even digital subscriptions.

The Spanish budget for this initiative is an item of 210 million euros and it is expected that benefit almost 500,000 young people from all over Spain. Thanks to this, it is hoped to facilitate universal and diversified access to culture for young people, as well as support and stimulate the various cultural sectors that have been severely affected during the pandemic. In this case, the voucher will be valid for the 12 months following its granting, but these will not be the only limitations.

Maximum Bonus Expenses

This aid may subsidize all kinds of cultural activities, from tickets and subscriptions to live concerts, museums, movie screenings, books or online subscriptions. However, they have established limitations for the different cultural sectors:

  • Live arts, cultural heritage and audiovisual arts with a maximum of 200 euros: where tickets and subscriptions for performing arts, live music, cinema, museums, libraries, exhibitions and scenic, literary, musical or audiovisual festivals are included.
  • Cultural products in physical support up to a maximum of 100 euros: books; magazines, newspapers, or other periodicals; video games, musical scores, records, CDs, DVDs or Blu-rays.
  • Digital or online consumption with a maximum of 100 euros: subscriptions and rentals to musical, audiovisual, reading or audiobook platforms. Purchase of e-books, subscription to podcasts, online video games, digital platforms to the press, magazines or other periodicals.

What’s more, will not be eligible stationery products, curricular textbooks in any format, computer science and electronics; artistic material, musical instruments, sports and bullfighting events, products classified as X, fashion and gastronomy. In the event that any of the activities or expenses exceeds the total amount of the Voucher, the beneficiary will have to pay the difference.

As reported by the Ministry, if the beneficiary meets the established age requirements, a virtual prepaid card will be issued from which you can make your purchases. Exceptionally, a physical card may be issued if you do not have a device compatible with the application. Likewise, this Youth Cultural Bonus will be compatible with other subsidies and aid granted by public administrations.


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