Statements

Minister Martin announces establishment of Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce

Today, Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht announced the establishment of a new Taskforce for the recovery of the Arts and Culture sector under the Chair of Clare Duignan.

The Programme for Government: Our Shared Future, includes a commitment to “establish a cross-departmental taskforce to develop a clear approach, informed by the views of all stakeholders, to protect and sustain the arts and culture sector through the COVID-19 recovery and beyond. This will be fed into the National Economic Plan.” While the restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus have had an unprecedented effect on society and on the economy, the impact on the arts and culture sector has been more detrimental and will undoubtedly last longer than that of any other sector.

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South Africa Press Release: The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture on the status of relief to the creative sector industry

In line with the National Development Plan’s 2030 vision, our intention as a Department is to build a cohesive society in which everyone has access to sport, arts and culture resources, facilities and opportunities.

Whilst COVID-19 has robbed our industry of gaining fruitful employment, this challenge has further inspired us to ensure that our mandate becomes even more pronounced.

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Statement on impact of latest COVID-19 restrictions on Council facilities and services

The latest easing of COVID-19 restrictions by the Victorian Government means increased community access – subject to stringent conditions – to a number of Nillumbik Shire Council facilities and services, in the coming days and weeks.

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UK Government Press Release: Culture Secretary announces Cultural Renewal Taskforce

In total, five new ministerial-led taskforces have been set up to develop blueprints for how and when closed businesses and venues can reopen safely, following publication of the UK government’s National Covid-19 Recovery Strategy to help rebuild Britain.

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Open letter addressed to:

Ms. Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
Ms. Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Minister of Culture of Croatia – Presidency of the EU
Ministers of Culture of EU Member States and EEA countries

For a joint and proportionate approach to reopening venues and events to audiences

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Africa investor (Ai) Convenes Heads of Global Trade Organisations Summit on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

Leaders highlighted the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic has created an urgent need for harmonized regulation to support the African private sector, especially SME’s, digitize their businesses, to be able to trade and compete in the ‘Post COVID-19 Contactless Economy’, where ‘Trade and Customs Distancing’ will be the new normal. The African private sectors’ AfricaPLC Industrial eTrade Platform initiative, supported by: Ai, DHL, ICC, Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), Standard Bank, the African Union Development Agency (AUDA) Continental Business Network (CBN), ABSA and Trade Development Bank, was welcomed as a critical African eTrade and Finance enabler.

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Postponing AfCFTA would be a mistake – this is how we can avert it

In an open letter to the continent’s political leaders, prominent figures from the world of African business explain why a full-blown postponement of AfCFTA would be a mistake and how some aspects can be rescheduled. Africa needs AfCFTA both to beat Covid-19 and to speed up post-Covid economic recovery, they say.

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European Parliament Press Release on Covid-19 impact on culture: new funds must reach creative sectors immediately

The Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative adopted yesterday – once approved by Council – will free up a total of 37 billion EUR to help efforts to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic and the social and economic ramifications of the essential public health measures that have been put in place. This is welcome news, if only the beginning of the response. The cultural and creative sectors across Europe have been ravaged by the impact of stringent public health measures, with concerts cancelled, theatres, museums and cinemas closed, and film and television production halted.

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Ensuring Culture Fulfills its Potential in Responding to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Statement by the Culture 2030 Goal campaign #Culture2030Goal #CultureCovid19

With the world faced with the COVID-19 pandemic today and the need to rebuild our societies tomorrow, culture should be at the heart of the response. Culture brings inspiration, comfort and hope into people’s lives. To harness this potential, the Culture 2030 Goal movement, in the context of its engagement in the United Nations 2030 Agenda, calls on UN agencies, governments and all other stakeholders to act. Read More

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Rescue the arts: plea to national governments

This plea has been written by IETM and co-signed by Circostrada, European Theatre Convention (ETC), IN SITU, European Dancehouse Network (EDN) and European Festivals Association (EFA).

Since the outbreak of the corona-pandemic, an enormous part of the global population – people of various backgrounds, ages, values and social conditions – have been facing an abrupt suspension of regular life. Live encounters are regulated and limited. Some people are experiencing unexpected financial difficulties, others are suffering from health-related issues and anxieties. All these, combined with a great uncertainty about the future, is creating an enormous social distress, which will leave an indelible mark on our societies. Read More

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Berlin Artists press release on provision of an Emergency Aid Fund

Exhibitions and performances are being cancelled, venues closed, gigs postponed, part-time jobs in cultural institutions or in the catering trade are gone: the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic are a threat to the livelihood of thousands of artists in Berlin from all artistic fields. Nobody pays them a fixed salary and hardly any artist has the financial means to survive even a few weeks without income.

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COVID19 HEVA Creative Sector Response

HEVA Fund instituted measures responding to the crisis, including; closure of HQ, remote working for staffers, cost waivers & moratorium on payments for clients, and an exploration of information on impact on the creative sector in Kenya.

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Open letter to PM Boris Johnson from CCIs in the UK

Dear Mr Johnson

We need you to act immediately to legally enforce the temporary closure of Grassroots Music Venues. If you do not act to do so, your government will be responsible for the permanent closure and loss of hundreds of these vital and vibrant parts of our communities in every corner of the United Kingdom.

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COVID-19 Public Statement by Bulawayo Cultural and Creative Representatives

COVID-19 has significantly impacted arts and culture programming, having implications on mobility, access to public spaces, funding and the flow of cultural goods and services. In various jurisdictions globally, there has been the formulation and implementation of measured responses (mostly by governance structures in the global north) to these disturbances, with a call to tech and creative sectors to join in these concerted efforts, particularly in developing and strengthening digital resilience initiatives for cultural and creative industries ecosystems; to achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services in the absence of physical mobility.

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Rescue the Arts: Plea to National Governments

Since the outbreak of the corona-pandemic, an enormous part of the global population – people of various backgrounds, ages, values and social conditions – have been facing an abrupt suspension of regular life. Live encounters are regulated and limited. Some people are experiencing unexpected financial difficulties, others are suffering from health-related issues and anxieties. All these, combined with a great uncertainty about the future, is creating an enormous social distress, which will leave an indelible mark on our societies.

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