The five demands of Poland’s Citizens’ Forum of Contemporary Art

The five demands of Poland’s Citizens’ Forum of Contemporary Art

by Jan Jiřík

On Monday 30 March 2020, the Citizens’ Forum of Contemporary Art, Poland’s professional organisation of culture workers, submitted an open letter to the Polish Prime Minister, the Minister of Culture and National History and representatives of local government. In it, they react to insufficient consideration of the impact of the government’s measures to contain coronavirus on the field of culture.

“The government is promising many millions of aid to businesspeople, to protect them from bankruptcy in the coming economic catastrophe. In these announcements, however, we’re not seeing any programme of protection intended for workers in culture. Due to COVID-19, exhibitions, concerts and theatre performances have been cancelled, all cultural institutions have been closed and a wide range of projects planned for the coming months have been postponed. Like many citizens in our state, the majority of artists find themselves in a dramatic situation.

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