Misc 19/11/2020

Cultural workers are outraged by the new subsidies confusion

The Minister of Labor states that they are working on making necessary modifications

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Protesta del sector cultura a Barcelona davant el tancament imposat com a mesura per combatre la segona onada de la pandèmia

BarcelonaIf the freelance subsidies system was a failure, why was this failure almost repeated with the cultural sector subsidies? The Minister of Labour, Chakirel Homrani, has assured Els matins de TV3 that they had already planned to modify the system in order to not repeat the first-come first-serve error that took place last week, but the information on their web was not taken down until yesterday. "We are working on modifying the system and this has changed the planning", said the Minister. He added that different meetings are planned with both the sector and the Ministry of Culture to discuss how this will occur.

The cultural sector aid, which was to open this Thursday at 9 a.m., had been published on the Labour website and had a budget of 3.5 million euros. This messy delay has outraged a sector that has been unable to work - and has been waiting for this aid - for many weeks. Today, at 10 a.m., a rally has been called in Plaça Sant Jaume in Barcelona, as well as in front of the town halls of different Catalan cities to ask, amongst other things, for direct subsidies, full payment of cancelled or postponed performances and showsw, and 2% budget for Culture - the latter, a demand that has been made for years without success.

Some cultural workers have reacted to the explanations of the Minister with disbelief. The actor Enric Cambray has stated that he does not trust them:

Actor Pau Vinyals has also reacted with indignation: