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RESILIART Artists and Creativity beyond Crisis


Join UNESCO’s global movement - ResiliArt
A global effort to support artists and ensure access to culture for all.

The health crisis brought on by the novel coronavirus has plunged the global economy into a recession. While billions of people around the world turn to culture as a source of comfort and connection, the impact of COVID-19 has not spared the creative sector.

Artists across the world, most of whom were already working part-time, on an informal basis or under precarious contracts prior to the pandemic, are struggling to make ends meet. Today, we are experiencing a cultural emergency.

This is why UNESCO launched ResiliArt, a global movement joined by cultural professionals worldwide that sheds light on the current state of creative industries through virtual discussions. The devastation brought to the entire culture value chain will have a long-lasting impact on the creative economy; ResiliArt aims to ensure the continuity of conversations, data sharing, and advocacy efforts long after the pandemic subsides. Cultural industry professionals are encouraged to join the movement and replicate the ResiliArt debate sessions in their respective regions and thematic focus by following publicly available guidelines.

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ResiliArt generated a host of universal as well as regionally specific recommendations including establishment of permanent participatory consultative mechanisms involving the civil society, expansion of investment and diversification of funding mechanisms for cultural projects, fair remuneration of creators in the digital space, and repurposing of unused buildings as publicly accessible cultural infrastructures.

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Culture makes us resilient and gives us hope.

It reminds us that we are not alone.




In September 2022, UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development - Mondicult 2022 will be organized. The Conference will be a historic occasion where global decisionmakers, cultural policymakers and key sector figures gather to openly exchange innovative practices, envisage new policy designs, and reinforce international and multilateral cooperation to face the new world realities as one, guided by the 2030 Agenda.

UNESCO is expanding the ResiliArt movement to gather inputs on the ever-evolving needs, gaps and opportunities on the ground to inform the preparatory process of Mondiacult.

ResiliArt x Mondiacult serves as an inclusive, accessible platform for any interested stakeholder to contextualize the high-level deliberation leading up to Mondicult.





The historic event is an opportunity for the civil society actors in the culture sector to be heard at the highest, widest level.

UNESCO invites you to capture the evolving needs, gaps and opportunities of cultural and creative communities through your own ResiliArt debates. Your inputs will be gathered through an online survey and used to inform the Mondiacult preparatory process.



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Artists and Creativity beyond Crisis

15 April 2020 - First Debate

The inaugural debate took place on 15 April 2020, World Art Day, in partnership with CISAC. It was opened by Audrey AZOULAY, UNESCO Director-General, who launched the ResiliArt discussions with Ernesto OTTONE R. (UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture), Jean Michel JARRE (Composer, performer, CISAC President and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador), Yasmina KHADRA (Author), Deeyah KHAN (Musician, documentary film director and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador), Angélique KIDJO (Singer-songwriter, CISAC Vice-President and UNICEF International Ambassador), Nina OBULJEN-KORŽINEK (Minister of Culture of Croatia and violinist) and Luis PUENZO (Film director, screenwriter, producer and President of INCAA).

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The opinions, statements or views expressed by the participants in this virtual meeting are solely their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of UNESCO