“Despite the clear messages from the leaders of the European Union announcing that our sector would be strongly supported, today we see that the current offers for a recovery plan do not take us into account, and that the European budget strangely does not consider the needs of the cultural and creative sector ”. This is the most critical part of a letter titled A call to save the future of culture and entertainment signed by thirty European intellectuals, among them the producer Agustín Almodóvar, the filmmaker Isabel Coixet, the artist Marina Abramovic or the musician Jean-Michelle Jarre.
The letter, sponsored by CEPI (European Audiovisual Production) and the State Film Association, adds to the multiple calls from the sector about the precarious situation in which culture remains after the pandemic. They assure in the short text that many theaters, museums, cinemas or concert halls have closed by not enduring the crisis, and they propose a solution: “European culture is in the midst of a crisis. The way in which political and social leaders respond now is going to determine the scenario for the next decade of cultural and creative life in our union ”.
The signatories emphasize that during these hard days of confinement the population has taken refuge in culture, thanks to the multiple offers of the centers, which have reinforced their cultural programming on the Internet, almost always free of charge. “As creators, intellectuals, academics and industry professionals, we encourage European politicians to be bold and to invest in culture and the arts, to invest in all of our future creatives. We need a plan that will revive our cultural ecosystem and that can inspire the next generation of Europeans. “
Some of the signatories are: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Phil Manzanera, Nina George, Joan Fontcuberta, Alberto Iglesias or Moritz Eggert.