Transition of Public Cultural Facilities Need More Gov't Support
    2011-02-11 21:12:43     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Zhangxu
 

Related: Visiting Art Galleries in China Will Soon Be Free

By the end of 2012, all art galleries and public libraries in China will be open to the public free of charge, according to a recent statement by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Finance.

It's another step to promote the construction of the public cultural service system since 2008, when the nation opened museums and memorial halls gratuitously to the public.

The new policy was immediately hailed by Chinese netizens.

On China's top news portal, Sina.com.cn, a netizen named "629202" from East China's Jiangsu Province said the free admissions will enhance cultural quality for people.

Another netizen named "Lindazlm" from East China's Shandong Province said, "Great! It's a good way to turn learning knowledge into fashion. I hope sincerely our country will keep on doing such things."

On the other hand, many netizens express anxieties over the problems which may be brought by the free service. Since more visitors would crowd into the art galleries and public libraries, it would be more difficult for these public cultural facilities to control the masses, strengthen protection of exhibits and improve service quality.

The Guangzhou-based Nanfang Daily said in its editorial that as museums, art galleries and public libraries open to the public free of charge, the new problem is how to meet the public's cultural demands. Little regard for public's cultural demand is not in concert with the purpose of free openings. Only by deploying more considerate service, based on the public's demand, can art galleries and public libraries grasp the purpose of free openings.

Therefore, the role change of public cultural facilities means that more attention should be paid on the public's cultural interests, rather than their own interests. In addition to individual efforts of public cultural facilities, the government should offer continuous and forceful financial support to complete the transition.

The free opening is just the first step and with the transition more can be expected, said the editorial.

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