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Impacts of COVID-19 on the Cultural and Creative Industries

Aug 11, 2022


Our cultural and creative industries play a vital role in our lives – in education, supporting the development of skills, and driving innovation and technology.

But for the last two years, the cultural and creative industries, along with all Australians and communities around the world, have experienced unparalleled disruption from the immediate and lasting impacts of COVID-19.

As we deal with the evolving nature of COVID-19, we must take stock of what we have learnt along the way and where we now find ourselves.

This paper consolidates research and sector intelligence to provide an overview on the impacts of COVID-19 on arts and creativity for Australian audiences, arts and cultural organisations, and artists and creative workers.

It highlights successes and learnings, where we now find ourselves, and underscores the sector’s needs should Australia experience similar disruptions in the future.