Are we experiencing with the pandemic an interruption - like a ripple in the sea - or are we facing disruption, a crisis that is leading towards the need for breaking down and rebuilding of the system? Where does this leave cultural policy? A victim lost in a global sea of debt? Or a survivor that finds shelter and builds towards a more secure future?
The theme of ICCPR 2022 is Cultural policy in times of disruption or interruption? The COVID-19 crisis of 2020 and 2021 has had a huge impact on society and in particular on the cultural sector. Museums, theatres and other cultural organisations have all been forced to undergo rapid digital transformation not only in their way of creating but also in terms of their way of producing, presenting and/or audience engagement. Artists have often suffered the most from the crisis. In some countries, cultural policy makers tried to control the damage by calling for all kinds of emergency measurements and support mechanisms.