Post COVID-19 Relief measures

Where
Mauritius
When
2020
Who
Ministry of Arts and Cultural Heritage
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

The main aim to the implementation of the Post COVID-19 Action Plan 2020 for the Creative and Heritage Sectors is to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to stimulate the artistic, creative and cultural industries. The Action Plan would cater for the immediate needs of different players in the artistic field through the use of modern technology and digital platforms for the implementation of innovative projects.

Most measures are expected to be valid for a period of six (6) months. Some of the measures include the recording of full length plays (theatre) and other performances, to be held behind closed doors and broadcast on the National TV and digital platforms.

Some other measures include compilation of short stories that will be published in the form of a Corona Virus anthology in an e-book format, the organization of online storytelling, purchase of artworks and support to local authors through the purchase of books (local authors).

All these support schemes have as main objective to ensure income for artists and cultural professionals during difficult times. Besides addressing the economic aspect, some measures also put forward creativity as a form of resilience, for instance, via the establishment of a Street Arts Project and a virtual network introducing artists and culture.

Parastatals operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Arts and Cultural Heritage such as the Conservatoire National de Musique Francois Mitterrand, National Art Gallery, Nelson Mandela Centre for African Culture have adopted the digital means to continue with their activities.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

In view of the pandemic, the Nelson Mandela Centre for African Culture (NMCAC), operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Arts and Cultural Heritage, has had to rethink its strategy regarding the implementation of its objectives and calendar of activities. In this line, since May 2020 the Centre has organized virtual cultural programmes to mark the Africa Day and the Day of the African Child. Same were uploaded on the Facebook page of the Centre, its website and other digital platforms/social media. More than fifty (50) Mauritian artists have participated in the event and have been remunerated accordingly.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation
Public Sector
Mauritius Film Development Corporation
Public Sector
Mahatma Gandhi Institute
Public Sector
President's Fund for Creative Writing
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Publishing
Visual Arts
Transversal Priority(ies)
COVID-19