Toulouse metropole and Toulouse City Council are continuing to make many cultural offers free of charge online, but have further ensured that, for cancelled theatre shows, tickets can be refunded, and that engagement contracts with artists and technicians are honoured, even if work has not been carried out in full. Read more here
Munich invites all pro-European institutions, organisations and civil society groups, irrespective of their location, to submit their digital activities to their European May program. The city has not only transported Europe Day online, but it has extended it to the whole month of May. The city wants to use the occasion to send out a strong signal, that Europe stands together in a crisis. Join the celebration here
Gdansk municipality is now offering a digital space to share all online activities and events. This will facilitate further communication and promotion of local cultural and economic happenings. Read more here
Debrecen worked with its local TV station to arrange a live YouTube performance of the famous local rock band Tankcsapda. 24,000 people around the world from San Francisco to Sri Lanka tuned in to get the main message of the event: “Be a rockstar, stay at home.” Read more (in Hungarian) here.
The local authority in Linz have set up a grant scheme to ensure the future of hard-hit cultural and sporting venues. Clubs or associations that are using municipal properties will also likely be supported through rent exemptions. Read more here
Small businesses and freelancers in Berlin can get grants of up to €5,000 as emergency aid. The package consists a total of €100 million and is aimed at small and micro enterprises with a maximum of five employees, which have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus crisis. This includes creative industries and culture. Since culture also needs publicity, the city has initiated ‘Berlin (a)live‘ for online events.
Following the spontaneous balcony concerts of Italians, the city of Bologna makes live music available even with concert halls closed under the corona measures. The city’s web portal Bologna Agenda Cultura offers videos from musicians who played behind closed doors and gives free access to a wide range of online events.