The COVID-19 pandemic and the crisis it created have had a devastating effect on the cultural and creative industries, revealing and magnifying their pre-existing volatility. Drawing on policies and measures adopted during the crisis, UNESCO has published “Culture in crisis”: a policy guide for a resilient creative sector.
The policy guide offers advice on how to respond to pressing needs and how to induce structural changes needed to strengthen the resilience of the cultural and creative industries and prepare for the “new normal”.
Ernesto Ottone R., Assistant Director-General for Culture:
“At a time when all countries are working towards crafting responses to this unprecedented crisis, UNESCO will advocate for the cultural and creative industries not to be left behind. Not only are they economic drivers and a source of employment for many, especially women and young people, but through the diversity of content they generate, they are also conveyers of meanings and identities, which have proven to be vital throughout the crisis.”