In April, Magdalena Moreno Mujica, Executive Director of IFACCA, joined a network of experts for a series of online meetings to consider the impact of the pandemic on the creative economy, at the invitation of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB).
During the meetings, which took place between April and August, the network discussed the reactivation of the cultural sector and creative economy post COVID-19; examined the impact and consequences of the pandemic in the cultural sector; and identified measures that could be incorporated into emergency response and long-term strategies.
Ms Moreno Mujica presented examples from around the world; highlighted the importance of international dialogue and exchange to learn from peers in the field during these complex times; and reflected on systemic issues in the creative and cultural sectors that have been accentuated during the pandemic, such as informal working conditions and limitations on legislation and cross-portfolio policy engagement.
The IADB has since published a report outlining the recommendations of the network, which is available to read in Spanish.
The network was made up of creative and cultural leaders from a range of international organisations, government agencies and private institutions across seven Latin American countries.
- Ana Carla Fonseca, Director of Garimpo de Soluções, a Brazilian company specialised in economics and creative cities
- David Melo, Specialist in creativity and the orange economy
- Enrique Avogadro, Minister of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires
- Felipe Mujica, Manager of Chilecreativo, a programme promoted by the Corporation for the Promotion of Production of Chile (CORFO)
- María Frick, Head of the Culture Program of the UNESCO office in Montevideo
- María García Holley, Director of Arts and Creative Economies at the British Council in Mexico
- Magdalena Moreno Mujica, Executive Director of IFACCA
- Mariana Delgado, General Director of the Centre for Digital Culture of the Secretary of Culture, Mexico
- Omaira Rodriguez, Specialist in creative industries at the Institute for the Promotion of Investments, Exports and Country Image, Uruguay XXI
- Pablo Rossello, Regional Director of Arts for the British Council in the Americas
- Sofía Lobos, Strategic Planning Coordinator at the Metropolitan Technological University of Chile.