Western media: the second wave of epidemic paralyzes European culture

The closing of cinemas and theaters for a month, the empty exhibition halls, and the cancellation of concerts and outdoor activities: the spectre of “cultural paralysis” looms over Europe, according to the website of Spain’s “Le Nationale” on November 2. With the spread of the second wave of epidemic, the cultural curtain of the whole Europe has gradually fallen. From Milan to Manchester, from Hamburg to Paris, cultural creators and cultural workers are protesting and seeking help to get rid of the industry’s moribund plight. < p > < p > leisure activities in Germany stopped suddenly on the 2nd. The sharp increase in new cases has forced restaurants, bars and gymnasiums to close down and cultural activities have been suspended. Last week, the German government announced that museums and cinemas would be closed, concerts would be cancelled, and cultural and entertainment venues would have to hang “closed” signs for at least one month. Shops and schools will remain open. < / P > < p > although cultural event organizers and cinemas argue that it is feasible to organize some activities as long as health and epidemic prevention measures are followed, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed that so far, it is not clear where 75% of infected people are infected, so reducing crowd gathering and contact is the only way to stop the growth of the number. < p > < p > < p > “gonguer prize” is the most famous literary award in France. The last delay in its award ceremony dates back to 1914, when World War I broke out. Last week, the Award Committee announced its decision to “advance and retreat” with the book industry, and the award ceremony scheduled for November 10 was postponed after the government announced a one month blockade. France, including bookstores, cinemas, theaters, museums and other cultural and leisure places, like this spring, has been hit hard by the anti epidemic measures. “Obviously, with the closure of the bookstores, we can no longer award the gongol prize as planned,” said Pierre azurina, a member of the gonguer academy and a writer. Critics, readers, writers, booksellers We are a whole, and we must be in the same boat. ” In Italy, indoor and outdoor cinemas, theaters and concert halls were all closed on Monday. The restrictions sparked protests from the cultural community in several cities. One of the most famous speakers is undoubtedly the conductor Ricardo muti, who wrote to Italian Prime Minister Conte to safeguard the security of cultural space: “the decision to close concert halls and theatres has serious consequences. Mental and spiritual barrenness is dangerous and can damage physical health < / P > < p > moody got a quick response from conte. The prime minister said the decision to suspend cultural activities was “difficult but necessary”. “We are forced to make such sacrifices again, but we are not going to give up beauty, culture, music, art, film and drama in any way,” Conte stressed At present, the Italian government has approved a billion euro aid to the cultural and tourism industries affected by the restrictive measures. Most of the UK’s theaters, cinemas and museums reopened in early September. But when the industry did not have enough time to recover from the collapse caused by the first blockade, the Johnson administration once again made the decision to temporarily close “entertainment places.”. < / P > < p > the UK government has previously allocated more than 1.5 billion euros to the cultural recovery fund, and at least 35 of the most important art institutions have begun to receive such assistance. The industry’s biggest problem lies more in the uncertainty of the future than in the current predicament.