Cultural diversity and COVID-19, UNESCO"s ResiliArt debate focuses on the road to recovery



Release Date

Wednesday, May 13, 2020


Paris 13 May—As countries lift or prepare to ease lockdown measures, the second UNESCO ResiliArt debate will focus on the recovery of cultural and creative industries after the COVID-19 pandemic. It will take place online on 14 May from 2 pm to 4 pm, Central European Time.

The debate will explore how states and the private sector can support diverse, sustainable and dynamic cultural ecosystems in the wake of COVID-19, which threatens to plunge the global economy into the worst recession since the Great Depression of 1929.

Organized in partnership with the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD) and the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), the debate will be moderated by Ernesto Ottone R., UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture.

It will bring together Anitta, Brazilian singer, songwriter and actress, Mohamed Saif Al-Afkham, President of the International Theatre Institute, Ferne Downey, Actress, President of the International Federation of Actors, Pascal Rogard, Director General of the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (France’s professional association of authors and composers), President of the French Coalition for Cultural Diversity, Fouzia Saeed, author, Director General of Pakistan’s National Council of Arts, Cheick Oumar Sissoko, film director, Secretary General of the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers and former Culture Minister of Mali, and Jana Vozarova, Director of LITA, the Slovak Republic’s Society of authors.

The ResiliArt movement sheds light on the current crisis affecting the creative industries through high-level global discussions with key industry professionals, as well as by amplifying the experiences and voices of artists – both established and emerging – on social media. The movement raises awareness of the far-reaching ramifications of COVID-19 across the sector and aims at supporting artists during and following the crisis.

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