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Culture Barcelona COVID-19



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Ten measures to support culture in the city in the face of COVID-19

The crisis generated by COVID-19 also affects the city’s cultural network. Ten city measures are being implemented to mitigate the effects and keep culture alive, with the Catalan and Spanish governments also being urged to implement others.

The measures are intended to give an opportunity to arts companies, cultural programmes and shows which have been cancelled and to mitigate the effects of the crisis in the cultural sector.

The ten measures:

  1. Special subsidy of one million euros, with particular attention on the weakest structures linked to grassroots culture.
  2. Festival Grec 2020 (the Summer Culture Festival of Barcelona). It will include as many productions by local companies as possible which have been cancelled since 15 March or while the state of emergency lasts. It will also be extended to August.
  3. Metropolitan Dance Festival (scheduled in late March). Street dance shows will be reprogrammed for July and included in other municipal programmes such as the Grec and Barcelona Districte Cultural.
  4. Advance payments for programmed shows. Companies and artists with programmed shows which have been postponed due to the crisis will receive down payments.
  5. Special investment sum of one million euros for the city’s libraries to purchase books.
  6. Sant Jordi (the Day of Books and Reading), one of the most significant festivities in Catalonia: facilitation of street calming in the city and bookstall permits for the book guild when Sant Jordi is finally held this year. The literary fair Món Llibre, held at the CCCB and the MACBA, will be held on 20 and 21 June.
  7. If necessary, the calendar of large events and music festivals in Barcelona will be reorganised to help avoid cancellations.
  8. Barcelona Districte Cultural (culture in the neighbourhoods) expanded. The programme will be expanded to allow as many productions cancelled during the state of emergency as possible to be included.
  9. Tax exemption for filming in the city, up until 31 December 2020.
  10. Support to the cultural actors: the City Council will priorise the procedures for subsidies, programmes and public communications.

You can read more on these ten measures here in English.

Also in Catalan. Also in Spanish.