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Heritage and Creativity

World Heritage amid Covid-19 outbreak

Monitoring site closures & supporting site managers accross the globe

At this moment, 89% of all World Heritage properties are totally or partially closed. Museums and other cultural institutions are losing millions in revenue each day. Artists all around the world are unable to make ends meet. UNESCO is mobilizing the international community to increase access to culture and heritage online, to support the resilience of artists and to bring governments together to find policy solutions.

Ernesto Ottone R., Assistant Director-General for Culture

Culture & COVID-19

Impact and Response Tracker

To address the profound impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on the culture sector, UNESCO has launched a weekly “Culture & COVID-19: Impact and Response Tracker” to provide an overview of the rapidly evolving situation. It explores both the immediate impact of the health crisis and examples of how countries around the world are adapting to the situation. This is one of several initiatives by the Organization to respond to the impact of the pandemic on the cultural sector worldwide.

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RESILIART Artists and Creativity beyond Crisis

Because art makes us resilient

ResiliArt sheds light on the current state of creative industries amidst crisis through an exclusive global discussion with key industry professionals while capturing experiences and voices of resilience from artists – both established and emerging – on social media. Together, it raises awareness about the far-reaching ramification of COVID-19 across the sector and aims at supporting artists during and following the crisis.


Explore World Heritage from home with UNESCO

#ShareOurHeritage. #Shareculture

Heritage brings us together. As part of the #ShareOurHeritage campaign, UNESCO is working to promote access to culture – from World Heritage properties to living heritage practices – during this time of mass confinement. With the support of Google Arts & Culture, UNESCO is launching an interactive online exhibition featuring dozens of World Heritage properties from across the globe. We will also be sharing first-hand accounts from World Heritage site managers, the caretakers of these outstanding places, who will offer you a unique glimpse into the impact of COVID-19 on World Heritage sites, as well as the intangible cultural heritage of surrounding communities.

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Share your #LivingHeritage experience

Living heritage as a source of resilience in the COVID-19 context

Living heritage around the world is affected in different ways by the COVID-19 pandemic; it may be threatened or transformed in the context of restrictions. At the same time, communities are adapting and drawing on their living heritage to respond to the crisis. Discover the experiences of communities across the globe and share your story of living heritage.


See over 500 Little Artists Exhibition

An invitation to #ShareOurHeritage and creativity

COVID-19 has presented a host of new challenges for parents and guardians of young children, the majority of whom are out of school. Yet confinement can also be an opportunity – for learning, creativity and discovery. To encourage this creativity, UNESCO invited children between ages 6 and 12 to draw a UNESCO World Heritage site that matters to them. Hundreds of children submitted their artworks.

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Creative Cities mobilized against Covid-19

See the power of culture as a force for resilience and social cohesion

Cities around the world, including the UNESCO Creative Cities, have been affected by the Covid-19 global outbreak. More than ever the power of culture and creativity should be leveraged as a force for resilience, creativity and social cohesion. From Chengdu to Roma, from Mexico to Wuhan, read about the countless initiatives taken by mayors and citizen accross the globe to reinforce ties between communities, support artists and creators.

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Support to Member States

Funding mechanisms and practical tools