Culture, development and Covid-19 – François Matarasso

The cultural and creative sectors were among the hardest hit by the pandemic, with over 10 million jobs lost in 2020 alone.

Re|Shaping policies for creativity: addressing culture as a global public good, UNESCO, 2022

Since 2005, UNESCO has published reports about the implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, and culture’s contribution towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The latest edition, published on 6 February 2022, is an important step in documenting the devastating effects of Covid-19 on the people who create and sustain culture. It joins a thick library of such reports, ranging from cool academic surveys to cries of distress from those who have lost hard-won livelihoods. Most have focused on the developed countries, who dominate the creative economy, though a higher proportion of people work in culture in the global South, and most of them are very vulnerable to even small changes in the demand for their work.

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