This year the Cultural Relations Platform released a study into the impact of Covid-19 on the cultural and creative sectors in the EU’s partner countries. The results were striking for each country and each region. They will organize a roundtable event on 28 June to explore the findings, find out about the recent trends since the release of the study and discuss what’s next for international cultural relations.
The study found that:
- The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating and accelerating pre-existing trends in cultural relations at the national, transnational, and international levels.
- The sector has been afflicted by structural vulnerabilities and is extremely sensitive to the vagaries of the market. In several countries covered by the study, cultural actors are among the most vulnerable in the economy.
- It is likely that there will be a substantial decrease in both public and private funding for the creative and cultural sectors, with a consequent possible contraction in cultural production.
- Economic measures represent the prevailing policy response to the challenges of COVID-19. Direct disbursements of resources have been the main way these economic measures have been implemented, but cultural actors also require non-economic support in the recovery phase.
The roundtable’s exchanges will feature Professor Pierangelo Isernia, University of Siena, who co-authored the research, as well as alumni from the Cultural Relations Platform’s Global Cultural Leadership Programme.
Register for the event here: http://bit.ly/resettingICR