Ravensburg (dpa / lsw) – State Secretary for the Arts Petra Olschowski (Greens) assumes that the cultural business, which has been slowed down due to Corona, will find itself in better waters again from autumn. On the way back to normality until then, they rely on the three-way alliance Luca-App, vaccination certificate and tests, Olschowski told the “Schwäbische Zeitung” (Thursday). Coalition negotiations on the projects for the next few years are currently underway. “And it is already clear that financially it is getting tighter. Of course, you have to consider that the country has got into a tight budget situation as a result of the emergency aid that has been provided.”
With proof of vaccination and tests, events could possibly be allowed again in June. “But honestly, I can’t tell. Who knows which mutant will come, whether the vaccines will work against it,” said Olschowski.
According to the Green politician, the country has two programs that have been launched. One is the continuation of “Art Despite Distance”, which supports cultural institutions and ensembles that were planning for summer and autumn. “Our new program is a scholarship for artists from various fields, for which 15 million euros are available.” The amount of the scholarship is 3500 euros, after three weeks 915 applications were received. “This scholarship for young, but also for experienced artists is based purely on the artistic work, not on financial losses that have to be proven. There is also our emergency aid fund for art and cultural institutions. This has a total volume of 32.5 million Euro.”
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