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The Delhi government’s Department of Art, Culture and Languages on Friday launched 450 artistes under its Street Theatre and Performing Arts Fellowship. The performers will present their art on the streets.
In an effort to promote the local film industry, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to grant back the tax concession which was initially granted by him during his tenure as President and which was annulled by the previous Good Governance Government, following discussions with film industry professionals.
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.