What is at stake?
More or less?! – Perspectives for the future of culture in Dresden
The first year of the pandemic was a difficult year for society as a whole. In 2020, artists and cultural workers were existentially affected by the corona pandemic and its consequences will probably also be felt beyond 2021. #WOD WELTOFFENES DRESDEN has started to question the side effects of the pandemic, also in cooperation with the Kulturnetzwerk and many other independent actors.
On Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 11.00 am, a discussion event with guests from culture and politics took place at the Staatsschauspiel Dresden (Schauspielhaus, Theaterstr. 2, 01067 Dresden) with the central question: “What is this future worth to us? «On the podium were Annekatrin Klepsch, Second Mayor, Alderman for Culture and Tourism of the City of Dresden; Carena Schlewitt, European Center for the Arts Hellerau, Intendant; Lydia Hempel, State Association of Fine Arts of Saxony eV, Managing Director; Anne Pallas, State Association of Socioculture Saxony e.V., Managing Director; Torsten Tannenberg, Sächsischer Musikrat e.V., managing director; the session was moderated by Frank Richter.
Since October 2020, a working group “Table Discussions” has been dealing with the mediation of the question of why institutions and independant culture institutions and actors need stability right now in the crisis. On November 12th, within the frame of the event "Of Air and Love - Is the Future of Culture Resistant to Crisis?" three table discussions were scheduled, in which politicians, institutions and the independent scene were invited to join, first at the museum Technische Sammlungen, later the event was rescheduled for a shared video conference. The working group received a great deal of positive feedback from the cultural scene and political groups on this new format. Since everyone's capacities were challenged by the lockdown in November, the decision was made to postpone the date for the planned table discussions. The thread of conversation with all invited guests and participants will be maintained and the event will be carried out in the planned form of a physical meeting in 2021 - as soon as possible.
A joint statement by the cultural institutions of #WOD - WELTOFFENES DRESDEN on concerns about the future viability of culture in Dresden was published in early November 2020.