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Pandemic is eating away at cultural institutions and many artists

2021-10-15T04:52:14.171Z

Museums, theaters and concert halls have had to do without a lot in the corona pandemic, just like artists. Many institutions are now working again, but the crisis is having an impact.



Museums, theaters and concert halls have had to do without a lot in the corona pandemic, just like artists.

Many institutions are now working again, but the crisis is having an impact.

Dresden - The corona pandemic is affecting many Saxon cultural institutions and, last but not least, the freelancers in the art scene. "In view of the consequences that Corona has for the cultural sector, a 'restart' will not be enough," said left-wing politician Franz Sodann of the German Press Agency in Dresden. Institutions and cultural workers would have resumed their work under Corona conditions - but with a very limited number of visitors and a still cautious number of visitors. "That is why they still need long-term support from the state, federal government and municipalities in order to compensate for failures and to be able to receive cultural offers."

Then - cultural policy spokesman for the left in the state parliament - had made several small questions in parliament about the consequences of the pandemic for the cultural industry. So far, the State Palace Administration in Saxony had to accept a loss of sales of around ten million euros. The State Office for Archeology with the State Museum of Archeology received almost 23,000 euros less than planned by the end of August in 2021. In addition, corona-related additional expenditure rose by 17,500 euros. In the case of the State Theaters of Saxony, the loss in sales was just under 1.1 million euros in the previous year and 887,000 euros up to 31 August. In the Silesian Museum Görlitz it was 41,800 and 72,600 euros less than planned in the same period.

“The fact that, according to the information provided by the state government so far, there were only cancellation fees for artists at the state theaters in Saxony clearly shows how little attention is paid to the many self-employed soloists in art and culture,” explained Sodann.

In the future, regulations will be needed here so that they can also make a living from their work: “The majority of them still have to get by on less than 17,500 euros a year, insure themselves and make provisions for old age.

Poverty in old age is preprogrammed. "

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In order to preserve Saxony's cultural offerings, everyone involved urgently needs to be informed, Sodann said.

Securing a status quo “before Corona” is not enough: “We can only achieve further development if, on the one hand, we prevent cuts in the state's cultural funding and, on the other hand, we equip the municipalities in such a way that cultural offers are preserved and new ones can emerge.” Dpa

Source: merkur

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