The new report on Belgium provides an overview of COVID-19 related measures on different government levels, focussing on those that affect the arts and culture sector in Flanders and Brussels. Also included in the report are the blind spots that are still present, originating from both the difference in government levels and the criteria for compensation eligibility.
The Federal Council of Switzerland approved several general and cultural sector specific measures, including a loss compensation of CHF 145 million for cultural enterprises and workers. The new report on Switzerland also pays attention to regional emergency aid with an example from the city of Zurich.
With these two new reports, our COVID-19 section now features 25 countries. The reports on Ireland, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway and Spain have been updated these past few days with the latest developments regarding COVID-19 and the cultural sector, respectively including:
- A critical analysis by our expert author Paraic Mc Quaid of how the current developments within Ireland relate to more general policy shifts within the country;
- An English summary of the publication How will the cultural sector emerge from the corona crisis? (Boekman Foundation), which discusses the short- and long-term consequences of the corona virus for the Dutch cultural sector and the effectiveness of the announced measures;
- In North Macedonia, the Government decided to include self-employed artists in the monthly financial support plan and is considering other measures to help the cultural sector;
- Several cultural institutions in Norway, such as theatres, museums and the National Opera & Ballet, laid off artists and other employees;
- In Spain, the Minister of Culture and the Minister of Finance committed to design a first package of urgent measures to support the cultural sector. A variety of regional responses can be found in the Spanish report as well.
Please find all the available country reports here or via our menu.