Turning 18? If you are Italian, your govt will buy your concert tickets
...or books, or museum tickets, or any other culture-related expenses up to €500 ($560).
This is great news and a laudable move to incentivize younger citizens to engage in arts and culture -- and remind them that the arts have a place in everyone's civic life.
The Independent reports that the scheme is going to cost the Italian government €290 million.
“The initiative sends a clear message to youngsters, reminding them that they belong to a community which welcomes them once they come of age,” Tommaso Nannicini, the junior minister overseeing the policy, told Corriere.
Bravo, Italy, for this culture bonus -- what a way to invest in your nation's next generation!