Naples, more than four million resources in the budget for culture: the announcement by the mayor of the Commission – TERRANOSTRA

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Four and a half million euros for culture and over 1.5 million resources to finance maintenance work on important cultural sites in the city. This is the budgetary commitment in favor of culture that Mayor Gaetano Manfredi has announced to the Council Commission, chaired by Luigi Carbone. For the necessary interventions for the reopening of the Fontanelle, the extraordinary maintenance of the libraries, Annunziata and the auditorium in Scampia, 1 million 690 thousand euros will be allocated. Two other important renovations will start before the end of the year, for Castel dell’Ovo and Maschio Angioino, for whom we are also considering defining the management conditions together with the Ministry of Culture.
The most conspicuous expenditure, exceeding four million euros, will instead be distributed among the contributions to the main cultural institutions of the city, starting with San Carlo, which will receive 1 million euros; still resources for the Teatro Stabile Mercadante, the Filangieri Museum and the Institute of Homeland History, along with the contributions to fund various cultural events. For all other events that come into the calendar following proposals from associations in response to public notices, services will be made available, such as logistics and promotion. Culture will look at the whole city in a multicentric vision that will embrace all municipalities, recipients of one million and 920 thousand euros of resources from the tender of the Ministry of Culture for the suburbs to 14 major cities. Finally, as part of the forthcoming recruitment of staff, 21 cultural leaders who have passed the selections of the Ripam competition for local authorities, as requested by the Chairman of the Cultural Commission and approved by the City Council.
For Alessandra Clemente (Mixed), the commitment of resources and specific times for the reopening of the Fontanelle Cemetery, which the territory has long been waiting for, must be confirmed. We ask for the planning of major cultural events also in the suburbs, as indicated by the Commission to regain the great urban traditions, and the choice to maintain free access to cultural sites. In addition, it is necessary to revise the allocation to Invimit of cultural assets and monuments such as the Palazzo Cavalcanti and the Galleria Principe, a decision that removes governance from the municipal council and therefore from the Neapolitans. The councilor thus introduced the submission of the proposal for the defense of common goods of the “property of the Constitutional State”.
Demetrio Paipais (5 Star Movement) expressed his appreciation for the supply of the suburbs and for the establishment of the music office and called for the establishment of a museum of Neapolitan singing in one of the city’s cultural sites.
Toti Lange (Mixed) shared the mayor’s strategic choices in the field of culture and expressed that he would make money on the main cultural sites to reinvest the proceeds and offer additional services. The choice to reinvest the tourist tax in tourism and culture is also noticeable, while quick responses and efficient services must be guaranteed to the big brands and private investors who choose Naples. Gennaro Rispoli (Free Napoli) welcomed the commitment to culture in the budget, recalling the role of the Observatory for the UNESCO site he chaired, and calling for special attention among the cultural sites of the former Peace Hospital.
For Pasquale Sannino (Together for Mediterranean Naples), the mayor’s choice in cultural matters goes in the direction of a policy that makes Naples the capital of the South, although there are still objective boundaries, such as the cleanliness of the city.
For Luigi Musto (Manfredi Mayor), the positive results of the election to have the mayor as cultural councilor are clear. In addition to the resources, it is particularly welcome to have unlocked the hiring of cultural leadership instructors.
President Carbone stressed that the administration’s choice does not eliminate bottom-up participation in the cultural program, but guarantees logistical support for the proposals from the cultural realities present in the area. For cultural sites where resources are needed to cover very high management costs, adequate revenue must be secured, including by revising the free mechanism and providing social prices.

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