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The creative economy is contracting, organisations are closing permanently to avoid bankruptcy, creative businesses are contending with increasingly difficult choices to cut staff and overheads to ensure they remain resilient, and individual professionals and artisans are facing short-term hand-to-mouth existence.
A new report on the impact of COVID-19 on the creative sector has found that 16 per cent of the creative sector is facing permanent closure now. MSMEs and the freelance workforce who cater to large companies have been worst hit, says the report launched on Tuesday, adding that 22 per cent of the sector, is forecast to lose more than three-fourths of annual income.
Delhi’s new cultural policy will be an instrument in transforming the society’s mindset and would not be limited to cultural events only, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Monday.
The Delhi government has set up an advisory panel for the promotion of art, culture and languages to help draft a “cultural policy” for the national capital, according to documents, a senior government official said.
In an attempt to extend benefits of the government's schemes during the COVID-19 pandemic, a database of artists practising in different spheres of crafts and techniques in Rajasthan is being created with the help of crowdsourcing. The initiative will ensure support to the artist community that has been deprived of regular livelihood for several months.
The ministry of culture is planning a massive overhaul into its usual functioning and plans to introduce a host of digital initiatives including a web-series on India’s struggle for independence and virtual tours of important monuments, officials told Hindustan Times.