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Spain’s live sector to receive a share of €800m

The government has included the cultural sector in the recovery plan for the Spanish economy which will be injected with €800 million

By IQ on 09 Oct 2020

Spain's minister of culture and sport, Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes

Spain's minister of culture and sport, Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes

image © Flickr/Government of Spain

The Spanish government has named the cultural sector as one of the ten driving policies of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience plan which will be bolstered by €800 million.

During a meeting which took place yesterday (8 October), and involved the prime minister, the minister of culture and sports and representatives from the live entertainment sector, the government announced that the cultural sector would be a key pillar in the country’s economic recovery plan.

It is the first time the government has officially recognised culture and sports as assets to the Spanish economy.

Also at the meeting, all the participants agreed on the safety of the cultural spaces, where no outbreaks have been detected in recent months.

The government has been working on raising public awareness about “safe” culture and making cultural spaces visible as safe venues, which has been supported by the relevant health bodies.

Subsequently, the ministry of culture and sports has launched a campaign with the slogan #CulturaSegura (safe culture).

“Culture is necessary. Let’s go to the movies, to the theatre, to concerts … They are safe spaces”

Minister of culture and sports, Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes, tweeted: “I am very grateful to the minister Salvador Illa Roca and Dr. Simón for the meeting we have held with representatives of live music, performing arts and cinema. Culture is necessary. Let’s go to the movies, to the theatre, to concerts … They are safe spaces.”

Ironically, the news comes at the same time as Catalonia’s freeze on reopening nightlife establishments. Just 24 hours after announcing that venues could reopen – until 3am but without a dance floor – the government of the generalitat has backed down on its decision, due to a recent increase in cases.

Madrid, however, may grant licenses that allow nightlife establishments, which have been closed since the end of August, to temporarily function as restaurants.

This measure could begin to be applied on 15 October and will see venues double as restaurants if they meet the necessary requirements.

The regional vice president and government spokesman, Ignacio Aguado, has totally ruled out the possibility that nightlife venues will open, as was initially proposed in Catalonia.


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