Join UNESCO's global movement - ResiliArt
A global effort to support artists and ensure access to culture for all.
The health crisis brought on by the novel coronavirus has plunged the global economy into a recession. While billions of people around the world turn to culture as a source of comfort and connection, the impact of COVID-19 has not spared the creative sector. Artists across the world, most of whom were already working part-time, on an informal basis or under precarious contracts prior to the pandemic, are struggling to make ends meet. Today, we are experiencing a cultural emergency. This is why UNESCO launched ResiliArt, a global movement joined by cultural professionals worldwide that sheds light on the current state of creative industries through virtual discussions. The devastation brought to the entire culture value chain will have a long-lasting impact on the creative economy; ResiliArt aims to ensure the continuity of conversations, data sharing, and advocacy efforts long after the pandemic subsides. Cultural industry professionals are encouraged to join the movement and replicate the ResiliArt debate sessions in their respective regions and thematic focus by following publicly available guidelines.
123ResiliArt debates completed
20ResiliArt debates to come
72Countries with ongoing ResiliArt movements
- Global: Union internationale de la marionette (3 August)
- Senegal x4: UNESCO Dakar (3, 4 August) Africa Culture Consulting (13, 31 August)
- Global: Festival Cities Network (28 July)
- Indonesia: UNESCO Jakarta and CITI Foundation (July)
- Kenya: UNESCO Nairobi (30 July)
- Central America x2: “Female Afrodescendant artists in Central America” (31 August) by UNESCO San José
- Honduras: "World Heritage for Sustainable Development," UNESCO San José (2 September)
- Europe: IAA Europe (17 September)
- Mali: UNESCO Bamako (August)
- Lebanon: UNESCO Beirut (October)
Discover recorded debates
Artists and Creativity beyond Crisis
15 April 2020 - First Debate
The inaugural debate took place on 15 April 2020, World Art Day, in partnership with CISAC. It was opened by Audrey AZOULAY, UNESCO Director-General, who launched the ResiliArt discussions with Ernesto OTTONE R. (UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture), Jean Michel JARRE (Composer, performer, CISAC President and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador), Yasmina KHADRA (Author), Deeyah KHAN (Musician, documentary film director and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador), Angélique KIDJO (Singer-songwriter, CISAC Vice-President and UNICEF International Ambassador), Nina OBULJEN-KORŽINEK (Minister of Culture of Croatia and violinist) and Luis PUENZO (Film director, screenwriter, producer and President of INCAA).
The Road to Recovery
14 May 2020 - Second Debate
The debate took 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). It was moderated by Ernesto OTTONE R. (UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture) and brought together Anitta (Singer 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) and Jana VOZAROVA (CEO of LITA, Society of authors).
25 May 2020 - Fighting the infodemic through culture
On 25 May, as part of the celebration of Africa Day, and in partnership with France 24 and the Innovation for Policy Foundation, UNESCO hosted a special edition of ResiliArt with focus on the #DontGoViral Campaign. The debate featured Youssou N’Dour (Senegal), Neila Tazi (Morocco), Danny Lee (Niger), Siti Amina (Zanzibar, Tanzania), Kareytse Fotso (Cameroun), and Zolani Mahola (South Africa), with surprise special guests, and focused on the role of artists in fighting disinformation and misinformation and the pandemic’s impact on cultural industries. It was moderated by the journalist Valériane Gauthier of France 24, and was followed by a concert in confinement featuring prominent African artists including Bobi Wine and Spice Diana (Uganda), Oumou Sangare (Mali), Les Freres Smith and Seun Kuti (Nigeria), Youssou N’dour, Didier Awadi, and Sahad Sarr (Senegal), Mr. Leo (Cameroun), DJ Kedjevara and Revolution Groupe (Cote d’Ivoire), Djanny Pacha (DRC), Fafa Ruffino (Benin), Siti Amina (Zanzibar, Tanzania), Pam Luster (Burkina Faso), Danny Lee (Niger) and Marcus Miller (USA), among others.
Music and Film: Rebuilding Better Through Coronavirus and Beyond’
21 July 2020
This special ResiliArt dialogue, organized by the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS), in partnership with UN75 and UNESCO, was moderated by Ernesto Ottone R, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Culture. The panel featured Sean Flahaven, Chief Theatricals Executive of Concord; Emellie O’Brien, Founder & CEO of Earth Angel; Joseph Bartning, Executive Director of the Salzburg Festival Society; and Rose H. Schwartz, partner at entertainment law firm Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, P.C. The discussion explored the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the music and film industries, and what can be done to protect creators and artists.
Cultural industry professionals are encouraged to join the movement and replicate the ResiliArt series in their respective regions and thematic focus by following publicly available guidelines. The devastation brought to the entire culture value chain will have a long-lasting impact on the creative economy; ResiliArt aims to ensure the continuity of conversations, data sharing, and advocacy efforts long after the pandemic subsides.
People need culture.
Culture makes us resilient and gives us hope.
It reminds us that we are not alone.
ResiliArt message from artists
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and magnified the creative industries’ pre-existing volatility. To see what measures are being adopted by governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to support artists and cultural professionals during these challenging times, click here