The Role & Value of Culture and Creative Industries During and Post the Covid 19 Pandemic

Republished by ECBN from: European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) / Text by Johanna Suo Kouzmine Karavaïeff.

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been felt globally, affecting all walks of life in personal, social and commercial contexts. The Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI’s) are not exempt, and nor have they escaped the significant negative impact – industries within which the convening of people is a natural aspect in the delivery of creative artefacts. Consequently, theatres, operas, art galleries and other places of public congregation have been forced to close at short notice bringing the results of intense creative effort and preparation to an abrupt end.

The social and economic impact on culture and creative industries will be severe and these sectors, like many others, will need support across their respective ecosystems and supply chains. The discourse that we read and see in the media understandably focuses on the negative impact but, as in many crises, positive opportunities arise – opportunities for contributing & collaborating and ones which may lead to new innovations in terms of how that dialogue is conducted as well as the outcome. So, the question ‘What do the CCIs positively contribute with in this crisis?’ arises.

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