$750 billion in lost GVA

​Our new report for UNESCO sets out the huge global impact of COVID-19 on the cultural sector.

The cultural and creative industries have fared consistently worse than national economies overall.

We estimate they contracted by US $750 billion in gross value added in 2020, while…

5 Priorities for World Cities in the post-covid recovery period

​In our sixth WCCF COVID-19 Impact and Policy Bulletin we looked at how COVID-19 is affecting climate action plans for culture. We found three main areas of impact.

Positive and negative impacts:

  • Lockdowns have reduced industrial activity and travel, reducing…

BOP’s report for Nanjing City Government demonstrates the importance of cross-cutting policies with a compelling cultural offer at the core

​BOP’s report, “Creating a Healthy Night-time Economy: Key Culture Indicators for World Cities”, was specially prepared for the Nanjing International Forum on Cultural Placemaking and the Night-time Economy in November…

Culture can play an important role in recovery and renewal across the UK, if the right local decision-making is put in place

​Are we finally seeing life beyond COVID? Rishi Sunak’s Spending Review last week brought home quite how overwhelming the pandemic has been. Sums of money so large they…

This focused, coordinated set of measures can not only rescue the sector, but position it to lead the recovery

​This article was originally published on the Central Forward London blog.

London, the city of Zadie Smith and Shakespeare’s Globe, grime and the Royal Albert Hall, Steve McQueen and the National…

BOP’s updated Handbook for the Inter-American Development Bank sets out strategies for sustainability and urban resilience

​The creative and cultural industries are a powerful catalyst for place-based renewal. They have the capacity to animate public spaces, to attract new customers, to encourage collaboration and to bring communities together.

But what…

Three big questions as applications close for Arts Council England’s Cultural Recovery Fund

​England’s cultural leaders have had late nights over the last week, as they attempt to clamber aboard the sturdiest life raft yet to appear in the stormy COVID-19 seas. Applications closed today for the first round of…

The UK’s £1.57 billion recovery package: priorities for a New Deal

​The UK Government’s £1.57 billion aid package for culture, arts and heritage institutions was extraordinary and hugely welcome news. To give a sense of scale, it is roughly twice the annual budget of Arts Council England. Or only 1.4%…

Cities are using their unique capabilities to lead recovery and renewal

​A striking feature of the response to COVID-19 is the speed, scale and imagination of responses from all parts of society. Spontaneous mutual aid groups have sprung up amongst citizens. Businesses have pivoted to address the pandemic. Not-for-profits have…

Investing in recovery, planning for transformation

​This week’s long-awaited announcement of a £1.57 billion Covid-19 support package for the UK’s cultural and creative industries is the latest of many worldwide. Governments at national, regional and city level have responded to the pandemic with unprecedented levels of support for businesses and…

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