The Global Foundation for the Performing Arts (GFPA) is extremely concerned by the devastating impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the livelihoods of cultural pofessionals and the cultural fabric of our societies. During the lock-down period, we relied heavily on culture for emotional support, while the very creators of these artistic expressions have been left with little to no economic or social assistance.
This is why we joined ResiliArt, a global movement for arts professionals launched by UNESCO. The ResiliArt movement raises public awareness of the challenges faced by artists in this time of crisis through virtual discussions with key industry professionals.
The 2005 Convention is an international legal framework that protects and promotes diverse forms of cultural expressions including dance, music, films and literature. Signed by 148 countries and the European Union, this UNESCO Convention contributes to the vision of thriving cultural industries across the world through inclusive and innovative cultural policies, cultural governance workshops and programmes, advocacy for the status of the artist, as well as monitoring of global creative sectors.
Arts and culture have given hope to millions of people. Through ResiliArt, the UNESCO 2005 Convention is heading a global movement to advocate for the continuous support for the arts and culture during the lockdown period and beyond.