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VIRTUAL EVENT: Coronavirus and Culture - Creative Futures

03 July 2020, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm

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We are delighted to share the details of the fourth event of the series 'European perspectives on COVID-19: Governance, education, culture', organised by the Cities partnerships Programme, in collaboration with the UCL European Institute.

This event is free.

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Creative industries and cultural organisations are under enormous pressure. This seminar brings together three leading figures in the cultural world, who have called for new creative strategies and policies. We discuss the future of the arts during and after the coronavirus pandemic. How do artists and cultural organisations contribute to provide a robust foundation for society, in times of growing uncertainty and deep divisions? How can different sectors of society support the arts in this moment of great crisis? How can international collaboration promote examples of good practice and develop positive futures for the arts?

Chair: Dr Florian Mussgnug, Academic Director for Rome of the UCL Cities Partnerships Programme, Reader in Italian and Comparative Literature, School of European Languages, Culture and Society




The UCL Cities partnerships Programme, in collaboration with the UCL European Institute, is organising a series of four webinars with leading researchers, policy makers and arts professionals. Each session will discuss the extraordinary challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to our teaching, research, mobility, and cultural and artistic practices. The series includes contributions from some of UCL’s key European partners in Paris and Rome.

Launched in 2018, the Cities partnerships Programme is a cross-UCL initiative to support, fund and promote the work that UCL academics carry out with partners in a selected number of global cities, with the aim of developing sustainable, multidisciplinary research and teaching partnerships. The programme focuses on specific cities, each for a three-year period: Rome (2018-2020), Paris (2019-2021) and Stockholm (2020-2022). The initial focus on Europe is an expression of UCL’s commitment to our European partners.

The webinars will take place on 22 June, 24 June, 29 June, and 3 July. See the registration link for more information about panellists and registration.