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UNESCO & ResiliArt

A series of free Public Webinars & Interviews with opinion leaders curated by the Global Foundation for the Performing Arts in partnership with the Secretariat for the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005).

The Global Foundation for the Performing Arts (GFPA) is extremely concerned by the devastating impact of the current COVID-19 crisis on the livelihoods of cultural pofessionals and the cultural fabric of our societies.  During the lock-down period, we have relied heavily on culture including dance and ballet performances 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 have joined ResiliArt, a global movement for arts professionals launched by UNESCO on World Art Day.  The ResiliArt movement raises public awareness of the challenges faced by artists in this time of crisis through virtual discussions with key industry professionals.  Since the launch of the movement, ResiliArt has been embraced by cultural professionals around the world capturing diverse voices of struggles and artistic resilience.

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.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic impact on the artists, cultural industries, diversity of content and creative economy worldwide, it has also highlighted the importance of arts and culture around the world.  Arts and culture have given hope to millions of people during the lock-down.  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.

Art is resilient.  Art makes us resilient.