Culture Declares Emergency (CDE) issues an open letter to DCMS as part of its ‘Month of Action’ in the face of growing crisis – pandemic, climate change, systemic racism, soaring inequality, the closure of community and arts spaces, and the erosion of trust with those that hold power. The letter highlights the urgent need for support for the sector to make its own structures sustainable, and to help re-imagine how we could live in harmony with each other and the planet. It is being issued on Tuesday 1st September, the day that parliament resits after the summer recess and when many have been invited to publish their ‘Letters to Power’ at this crucial political moment when change is possible and vitally needed.
The Government’s £1.57 billion cultural sector recovery package, announced on 5 July, was a welcome if belated response to the serious crisis facing the sector as a result of the coronavirus health pandemic.
However, the package does little to address the multiple crises being faced by the sector such as the long term effects of a decade of austerity, the impact of Brexit and the most urgent crisis of all, the climate crisis
Signatories include Simon McBurney, Dave Moutrey and Natalie Abrahami