ResiliArt: Cultural Diversity and COVID-19 - Road to Recovery

When :

from Thursday 14 May, 2020
14:00
to Thursday 14 May, 2020
16:00

Type of event :

Special Event

Contact :

resiliart@unesco.org

This ResiliArt debate will focus on the recovery of cultural and creative industries after the pandemic. In particular, it will address the ways in which States and the private sector can support and stimulate the creative sector in a context where inequalities, accentuated by the crisis, have weakened cultural enterprises. How can we maintain diverse, sustainable and dynamic cultural ecosystems in this new reality?

The debate will take place on 14 May 2020, in partnership with International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD) and International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC). The discussions will be moderated by Ernesto OTTONE R. (UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture) and bring together Anitta (Singer, songwriter and actress), Mohamed Saif AL-AFKHAM (President of the International Theatre Institute) Ferne DOWNEY (Actress and President of the International Federation of Actors) Pascal ROGARD (Director General of SACD and President of the French Coalition for Cultural Diversity) Fouzia SAEED (Author and Director General of Pakistan National Council of Arts), Cheick Oumar SISSOKO (Film director, Secretary General of the Panfrican Federation of Filmmakers and former Minister of Culture, Mali) and Jana VOZAROVA (CEO of LITA, Society of authors).
ResiliArt sheds light on the current state of creative industries amidst crisis through high-level global discussion with key industry professionals while capturing experiences and voices of resilience from artists – both established and emerging – on social media. The movement raises awareness about the far-reaching ramification of COVID-19 across the sector and aims at supporting artists during and following the crisis.

As lockdown exit strategies begin to be implemented, activities that are compatible with physical distancing measures are allowed to resume gradually. Artists, cultural professionals, cultural institutions serving the public, small and medium-sized enterprises, associations, organizations and governments must reflect on the recovery of the creative sector in a context where the COVID-19 pandemic remains a major threat to human health. Cultural activities that have been or may soon be resumed must find a way to deal with constraints that will have significant social and financial impacts. Other activities will likely be able to restart only in the very long term, particularly those requiring international mobility.