Report on “Culture, cities and the COVID-19 pandemic”
Republished by ECBN from: Agenda 21 for Culture
COVID-19 crisis has affected the cultural life in cities extraordinarily, with implications for the existing inequalities to access, participation and contribution to culture, access to public spaces, and the financial sustainability and the flow of cultural goods and services. The impact of the crisis on the values that constitute our societies are impossible to calculate at this stage. This crisis has led to the mass closure of libraries, community centres, museums, galleries and cultural venues, and the cancellation of concerts, shows, festivals, exhibitions and many other cultural activities. Similarly, due to physical distancing and travel restrictions, cultural events and performances have been suspended and projects have been put on hold. This report is an attempt to document the actions and measures initiated and implemented by cities and local governments in order to address the impact of the crisis in cultural life, and to draft some of the main challenges that are being considered to ensure culture is at the heart of the response to the COVID-19 crisis.