Artists & Creatives
COVID-19 Recovery Resource Platform

Sector: All CCs and cross-sectoral


The show must go on: Culture and Cities in the next normal event launches UCLG ASPAC’s culture committee publication

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected health and economic sectors, but it has also strongly affected the cultural sector. Culture as the fourth pillar of sustainable development is the fundamental aspect in recovering better and stronger from COVID-19 in Asia Pacific cities and local governments. Therefore, there is an urgent call to tackle the matters of culture in cities, as it serves as an antidote to the secondary effects of the pandemic.

Organisations and initiatives

Call for Web Residencies No 16: Solidarity is a verb

With this call, curated by Anca Rujoiu, Akademie Schloss Solitude together with ARC Bucharest invites artists and collectives to foreground the relational quality of solidarity. With »Solidarity is a verb,« we strongly encourage practitioners to shape a continuous production of relation grounded on common differences. While projects can inhabit the web as a space to practice solidarity, this open call encourages in equal manner initiatives that unfold on a local or translocal dimension beyond the screen, whereby the interconnection between off- and online should be taken into account.

Organisations and initiatives

Open Call for Digital Diasporas 联网流散

2020 marked a pivotal shift for the Chinese diaspora around the world. The world’s watchful eye on the People’s Republic of China, where the COVID-19 pandemic started, and subsequent travel restrictions, communication bans, and algorithmic biases only exacerbated echo chambers.


Building Back Better with the Creative Economy – webinar

Registration is open for a webinar on ‘Building Back Better with the Creative Economy’ on 17 June, organised in partnership with UNCTAD, UNESCO and DG Wallonie Bruxelles in Geneva. It has been developed for International Geneva, in the framework of the International Year of the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development.

Stories / Good practices

Feed the culture Brussels

Emergency food & first need products platform for the Cultural & Creative Industry in Brussels region during the Covid-19 crisis. Provided with love by cultural workers for other cultural workers.


Culture 2022: What should we expect?

Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE) in association with the Creative Industries Federation & the Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC). Supported by the AHRC.

Stories / Good practices

How does a pandemic empower creative thinking? Where does it make sense to value controversy? To what extent does physical presence foster descent?

The European Commission’s STARTS Prize was established in 2016 and is organized by Ars Electronica. From April 23 to 25, the virtual jury meeting took place, where a five-member jury selects 2 winning projects, 10 Honorary Mentions and another 18 Nominations from all the submissions. Ars Electronica spoke with jury members Francesca Bria and Nicola Triscott about the importance of the award, diversity and the big issues of the future.

Organisations and initiatives

Open Call – Tender Absence: lone | some

Artists of the programme lone I some invite the audience to take part in an experimental experience of personal encounter in digital space. Delving into local surroundings, the commisioned work will consist of individual performances for 1-3 persons. How about exploring and questioning other peoples local reality and in unison connecting it to a global approach?

Research / Surveys

Impacts of Covid-19 in the Brazilian cultural and creative sectors

Check out the main results of the research Impacts of Covid-19 in the Brazilian cultural and creative sectors carried out in partnership by the University of São Paulo (USP), Unesco, Sesc, secretaries of culture, state foundations and institutions linked to culture, between 10 June and 31 August 2020, in all states of the country and the Federal District.


The Day of Creative Economies in the EU

“The Day of Creative Economies in the EU: Value, care and capabilities for a sustainable and inclusive future”, aims at providing an online discussion space to assess the impact of Covid-19 on the cultural sector in Europe and practitioners’ vision, hopes and plans for the future. The event, conceptualised within the Horizon 2020 project “DISCE – Developing Inclusive an Sustainable Creative Economies”, will feature different activities, including two keynotes interventions, a panel discussion, futuring workshops, breakout room discussions and presentations.

EU response

Creative Europe: Over €2 billion to support the recovery, resilience and diversity of cultural and creative sectors

The Commission has launched new actions to support the cultural and creative sectors in Europe and beyond, following the adoption of the work programme for the first year of the Creative Europe 2021-2027 programme. In 2021, Creative Europe will allocate an unprecedented budget of around €300 million to help professionals and artists from all cultural sectors to collaborate across disciplines and borders, in order to find more opportunities and to reach new audiences.



Moleskine Foundation has established the Creativity Pioneers Support Fund: a one-time funding program for the non-profit organizations all over the world that use creativity as a tool for social change, that are currently facing the impact of Covid-19 pandemic.


Cultural mobility in the New Normal: How can we continue to support knowledge exchange and mentoring of young arts professionals?

ASEF and ENCATC are jointly organising on Friday 28 May the conversation titled: “Cultural mobility in the new normal: how can we support knowledge exchange and mentoring of young arts professionals?” This talk is organised as part of the virtual residency for arts journalists Virtual Crossovers, and will present innovative ways to support knowledge exchange and capacity building in times of restricted mobility.

Organisations and initiatives


Here you can see the website of the #culture2030goal campaign. It is formed by global cultural networks united to advocate for the role of culture in sustainable development.

EU response

EU culture ministers set signs of confidence

The EU’s Council of Culture and Media Ministers met yesterday for the first time since the beginning of the corona pandemic more than a year ago physically in Brussels. The focus of the meeting was on the effects of the Corona crisis on culture and the media and the protection of cultural heritage.

Organisations and initiatives

Creatives Unite 1 year anniversary!

Watch the video to see what Creatives Unite has been doing since the start of the pandemic. It’s now time to head towards a brighter future!