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Culture and the Covid Crisis, 24th November 2020

We are pleased to share a link to a recording of the webinar, here:

Online: 16:00 – 18:00 Tuesday 24th November, London. Registration details below.

Canning House brings together a panel of leading cultural sector figures for a conversation on the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic across literature, art, film and more, and what governments and organisations are doing to mitigate its effects.

Around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has profoundly affected the cultural sector, with Latin America as no exception. Many galleries, museums, theatres and cinemas remain closed, while the region’s independent artists have received limited governmental aid.

The panel will discuss policies adopted by Latin American governments to support cultural activities, and other initiatives which have emerged to mitigate the pandemic’s negative impacts on the sector.

We ask…

1 Does the Covid pandemic signal a crisis primarily for ‘culture’ or for cultural institutions?  Why does this distinction matter?

2 In addressing the crisis: who should play the leading roles, national governments or city authorities?  How much will this vary from country to country?

       a: What is the role of other publicly-funded actors, eg universities?

       b: What is the role of the private sector?  

       c: Should taxpayer relief be directed primarily at cultural estate (theatres, museums etc) or people (artists, producers, technicians)?

       d: Quantum of emergency funding?  How much is enough?  How do we assess the need in relation to other demands on national Treasuries?

3: What is the impact of the crisis on the finances of the wider cultural and creative industries and their business models?  Can online models come to the rescue?

Our panel

Chair: Dr Martin Smith
Chairman of trustees, St John’s Smith Square, Westminster and the London Festival of Baroque Music; Special Adviser, the Ingenious Group; Visiting Fellow, Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE), Goldsmiths, University of London

Alessio Antoniolli, Director, Gasworks & Triangle Network 

Cristina Fuentes La Roche OBE, International Director of Hay Festival

David Martinez, Festival Producer, Raindance Festival

Gustavo Gonzalez, Director of International Relations and Business Affairs, ABRAMUS

Laura Escobar, Deputy Director, Partnerships and Innovation, Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo

If you would like to register for Culture and the Covid Crisis, details can be found here:


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