Wednesday, 29. 7. 2020

Culture during the coronavirus

The first findings of a comprehensive survey on key aspects of participation in cultural events after the partial relaxation of measures for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 are encouraging and show that visitors missed cultural events during the epidemic.

Producers of cultural events were among the first who were hurt by the emergency situation due to the coronavirus declared in march. As venues were closed, it was not possible to hold or attend live events, and organising cultural events is still uncertain because of the changing rules on public gathering.

Good response to the survey

The questioner in a form of a web survey, to which 2207 individuals responded, focused on visitors of cultural events. The initiators of the survey, which was conducted between 10 and 28 June 2020, were Kino Šiška and Gledališče Glej in cooperation with active individuals in the field of culture. Together they conducted the first comprehensive survey of this kind in Slovenia, with which they wanted to identify key aspects of attending cultural events after the partial relaxation of measures for the prevention of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Visitors missed cultural events

The findings of the survey show that 76% of respondents missed or strongly missed attending cultural events during the lockdown of cultural venues. 88% respondents agreed with the statement that cultural contents on the internet cannot replace live events, and that if venues would have stayed open during the epidemic and they could have attended live events a large majority of them would have done so: over 95% of respondents would have gone to live concerts, festivals, exhibitions and performances.

The prevailing answer to the question when would they be ready to return to cultural venues was immediately and without reservations. Almost 62% responded they were not scared of contracting COVID-19.