Berlin's Senator for Culture Klaus Lederer
Berlin's Senator for Culture Klaus Lederer (left) sees massive failures by the federal government in the corona crisis - especially when it comes to dealing with the cultural scene.
In the SPIEGEL top-level conversation with moderator Markus Feldenkirchen, Lederer said he kept asking himself: "What is Health Minister Spahn currently doing professionally?"
Lederer described it as "an absurdity" that Spahn had promised that corona rapid tests should be available to everyone from March 1, and that he had broken this promise without comment.
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With a view to the cultural landscape, Lederer said that it could not be that the topic would fall back over again in the discussions about upcoming openings.
He has the impression that culture comes "somewhere in the penultimate position" for many politicians.
The prerequisites for reopening in many cultural institutions, at least in Berlin, have long been met.
In the last few months, the operators have been working flat out on hygiene concepts, installing air filter systems and preparing for public use in compliance with the relevant requirements.
"If we are now talking about opening hardware stores, but not about opening theaters and opera houses," then that could not be conveyed to anyone, said Lederer.
If things go according to their ideas, it should soon be possible to attend cultural events in Berlin.
The idea: you buy a ticket.
This gives you access to a system in which you can upload a current test result.
If the result is negative and verified, you will be approved for attending the event.
Lederer fears "massive impoverishment of the cultural landscape"
With regard to the current situation of the club scene in Berlin, Lederer said that, according to his information, there is no acute risk to the facilities due to pandemic.
The corresponding help flowed and helped.
He is particularly concerned about the self-employed and freelancers, said Lederer.
He regularly received messages from cultural workers who told him that they had not expected this uncertainty and that they did not want to continue living with it after the pandemic.
"I'm afraid that there will be a massive impoverishment of the cultural landscape."
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