Waiting for the jab

What are the key challenges of cultural and creative sectors (CCS) in the time of Covid-19 pandemic? What are the struggles experienced by cultural and creative workers in the times when many among them can not work? Why and how is it important to adequately support CCS on the governmental and municipal level?

According to the OECD report, published in September 2020, cultural and creative sectors (CCS) are along the tourism sector most affected by COVID-19 crisis, with jobs at risk ranging from 0.8 to 5.5% of employment across OECD regions.
While the CCS are recognized as an important driver of social and economic development in many cities and regions, advantage of their creative potential should be utilised for the post-Covid recovery.

In order to develop relevant support mechanisms and policies for the heavily impacted CCS we need to understand the specifics and struggles of these sectors.

We invited four researchers analysing the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on the cultural and creative sectors to give us insights from their research.

Event schedule:


Welcome address

Marco Mariani | Member of the ELF board of directors

11:10 – 12:30

Research panel: Covid-19 impact on the Cultural and Creative sectors

Polona Černič

Polona Černič (Slovenia), independent researcher and data analyst for the longitudinal research “Slovenian Cultural and Creative Worker in Times of COVID-19” conducted by Poligon, institute for development of creative industries.

Ribio Nzeza Bunketi Buse (Democratic Republic of Congo), associate professor of cultural and creative industries management at the Catholic University of Congo and of Social media at the University of Kinshasa (DRC), author of “COVID-19 and culture in Africa: A Comparative Analysis of Economic Impact Studies”. 

John Wright (UK) is a lecturer, curator and artist currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Centre for Cultural Value, University of Leeds. His work with the Centre is focused on researching the impact of COVID-19 on the cultural sector and its implications for policy making in the UK.

Elena Polivtseva

Elena Polivtseva, Head of Policy and Research at IETM, International network for contemporary performing arts, a network of around 500 performing arts organisations and independent professionals from Europe and beyond. Her recent work focused on identifying and analysing the main lessons learned from the pandemic times for both policy-makers and the performing arts sector.

Charlles Vallerand, based in Montreal, authored for UNESCO, Culture in Crisis – a policy practical guide for a resilient sector

Cristina Farinha (Portugal) is a freelance expert and researcher associated with the Institute of Sociology University of Porto. Her expertise spans more than 20 years of work from local to international level in culture and the creative industries sector. She has been working in the conception, implementation and evaluation of diverse policies, programmes and organisations across Europe and beyond. She is interested in the strengthening of the role of culture in governance and development; the promotion of international cooperation and mobility; and the building of capacity, advocacy and networking within the sector stakeholders. Cristina is a member of the council at Cultural Policy Designers Network.

This event is organised by the European Liberal Forum asbl with the support of Institute Novum.
Co-funded by the European Parliament. Neither the European Parliament nor the European Liberal Forum asbl are responsible for the content of this event or for any use that may be made of it.
The views expressed herein are those of the speaker(s) alone. These views do not necessarily reflect those of the European Parliament and/ or the European Liberal Forum asbl.