The Office for Culture and Youth is responsible for cultural activities, thus it should draw up development proposals and co-finance the programmes of cultural organisations. Mostly it funds and oversees the infrastructure and finances of organisations established by the Municipality. These are: Narodni dom Maribor, Maribor Puppet Theatre, Maribor National Liberation Museum, Maribor Regional Museum, the Center of Jewish Cultural Heritage Synagogue Maribor, Maribor Art Gallery, Maribor Public Library and MKC Maribor Youth Culture Centre.
Some cultural institutions located in Maribor have the status of state institutions, for instance the Regional Archives Maribor and the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, which hosts the annual Borštnik Theatre Festival, a major gathering of Slovene theatres and theatre ensembles that is cofunded by the municipality.
The local branches of the Union of Cultural Societies of Slovenia (ZKDS) and the Public Fund for Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia, which organises a traditional Naša pesem Choir Competition, facilitate the activities of around 120 cultural associations.
Municipality of Maribor bestows the Glazer Award and Glazer Credentials every year for distinctive production in the sphere of culture to artists or cultural institutions working in the eastern Slovene region.
The EU culture ministers confirmed Maribor as the 2012 European Capital of Culture. With the slogan 'Pure Energy' it presented cultural values as elementary cohesive forces of the urban, regional, national and the European multicultural community. Funding was provided from the local as well as state authorities as well as European funds. In 2012 a series of attractive cultural events will take place, including the "celebrity" events, which aimed at attracting the European public.