NCFA calls on the Taoiseach and Minister Martin to address the impasse within the live arts and events sectors and to publish the long-awaited roadmap for reopening: specifically, at what point will our sectors be permitted to increase capacities and reduce social distancing, and what criteria will be used to make those decisions?
NCFA has always acknowledged the collective challenges the nation has faced over the last 18 months and the important role artists have played in bringing comfort and solace to a nation in crisis. We recognise the need to balance many priorities as the restrictions are slowly lifted and the successful vaccination programme rolls out. Yet, we are now in danger of an entire sector’s future being irrevocably damaged: artists, arts workers and arts audiences are being left behind.
Many of the artists and arts workers NCFA represents have had their livelihoods, careers and futures on hold for over 500 days. The publication of a roadmap with specific criteria for reopening the sector is now essential to allow us to begin the recovery, reconnect with our audiences, and ensure the continued success of our world-renowned artists.
NCFA recognises the significant supports which have been provided to sustain the sector throughout this crisis. However, political choices now need to be made that reflect the urgent crisis facing the live arts and events sectors.