FROM BAD TO WORSE:
RESEARCH ON THE IMPACT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON THE CULTURAL SECTOR
The severe crisis that has engulfed the cultural sector during the pandemic has underlined the need to intensify – and in some cases begin for the first time – the systematic research into the condition of culture and arts as the prerequisite for articulating a coherent cultural policy. Luckily, the researchers’ response has been prolific. Due to their work in the last three years, we now have detailed insight into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cultural and artistic production, organizations, and workers in the majority of ex-Yugoslav countries. Apart from giving us valuable, precise information on the exact nature of this impact, the research also points to the structural similarities of different cultural fields in the region, their shared sustained problems that the current crisis is merely exacerbating. Here you can watch two videos presenting the available results of the research mentioned, both on the national and the transnational level.
The first video is a stream of the online panel which took place in December 2021, hosting the researchers from the SEI offering the outline of their research and their opinion on emergency measures and cultural policy that could enable the long-term sustainability of the cultural sector.
Predrag Cvetičanin, Centre for Empirical Cultural Studies of South-East Europe – CECS, Niš, Serbia
Sanja Horić, Front Slobode, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Granit Karagjyzi, Anibar, Peja, Kosovo
Luka Piškorič, Poligon Creative Center, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Jaka Primorac, Institute for Development and International Relations, Zagreb, Croatia
Tijana Ana Spasovska, Jadro Asocijacija, Skopje, North Macedonia
Lujo Parežanin, Kurziv – Platform for Matters of Culture, Media and Society, Zagreb, Croatia.
The second video brings the online event held in December 2022 entitled “From Bad to Worse II: Independent Culture Three Years into the Pandemic”. The panel was focused on the qualitative research that was conducted by Kooperativa and Center for the Empirical Cultural Studies of South-East Europe (CESK) during 2022. The research derived from the quantitative analysis conducted by CESK in 2020 ‘Now it is only more visible: Life and Work of Cultural Workers in the Times of the Corona Pandemic’.
Višnja Kisić and Goran Tomka (CESK)
Marija Krnić (Kooperativa)
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Both panels are part of the “Regional Action Lab – independent culture as engine of mutual support and exchange in times of crisis” project, supported by the Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the USAID, and the “Regional Lab: New Culture Spaces and Networks as drivers of an Innovative and Sustainable Bottom-up Development of Regional Collaboration” project, co-funded by the European Union, Creative Europe program. Coordinated by the Kooperativa platform, the project brings together networks and cultural centers from six countries of the ex-Yugoslav region: Anibar (Kosovo), Društvo Asociacija (Slovenia), Jadro Association (North Macedonia), Operacija grad (Croatia), Asocijacija NKSS (Serbia) and OKC Abrašević (Bosnia and Herzegovina). The Call for Proposals is entirely funded by the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II).