Chaired by Reem Kassem (Egypt/United Arab Emirates), co-founder of basita live / performing arts programmer at the cultural foundation - abu dhabi, Basita Live
with Silja Fischer (Germany/France), secretary general, International Music Council
The COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing guidelines around the world have changed the methodologies and economics of live performances, and cultural engagement temporarily and possibly forever.
For the past six months, nearly all theatres and cultural centres have suspended their activities due to new social policies. Some performing arts venues and cultural institutions have pivoted into digital platforms, not only to maintain their donors and patrons, but also to allow their artists to produce innovative work and explore new avenues of digital cultural expression. How is the sector approaching the current challenges and resulting inequalities? Is the sector facing an insurmountable fiscal deficit? Are communities missing the intrinsic value of arts and culture with the digital platforms? Or is this crisis an opportunity to embrace a new avenue of reaching new audiences, to develop new forms of cultural engagement and emerge stronger together?
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