A COVID-19 Culture and Creative Industries portal which aims to offer information resources, technical support, and crisis response expertise, to the Cultural and Creative Industries ecosystem, for the strengthening of sector preparedness and response mechanisms, has been launched.

The portal which is run under the Nhimbe Global Affairs Observatory, maps other interventions, by various institutions, individuals, governments, government functionaries and communities, as a means of supporting the cultural and creative industries ecosystem, to ensure that it maintains a degree of functionality despite the devastation of the current health crisis

The initiative recognizes that the COVID-19 global health crisis has tremendously impacted the functionality and functioning capacities of cultural and creative industries, placing a demand for the formulation of concerted responses that are timely, accessible, resilient, and targeted.

The government recently announced plans to disburse funds, through a grant relief programme, for artists affected by the national lockdown.

The initiative seeks to increase the accessibility of opportunities, research tools, and communiques that are available to cultural and creative industry stakeholders, within and beyond the ambit of their geographical areas of operation.

Through research analysis and critical reflection, the portal provides information resources and expertise aimed at strengthening cultural and creative sectors’ capacity to respond to a crisis.

This intervention strategically addresses the development of resilient systems e.g structural, institutional, and financial that can be leveraged on in times of crisis. It looks at CCI Complex Emergency Preparedness and CCI Emergency Assistance Coordination including Cultural Rights and human-centered Crisis Relief.

Nhimbe Global Observatory is part of Nhimbe Trust a local Civil Society Organisation, and curates’ culture, arts, and heritage-oriented interventions in response to complex emergencies with programming targeted at countries and communities at risk of conflict, in conflict, engaged in post-conflict reconstruction, affected by natural disasters and impacted by political or socio-economic ‘crisis.’

To contribute to this information resource portal, email info@cci-covid19.org or visit www.cci-covid19.org.