Live music asks the Generalitat to refine responsibilities for its “erratic and incoherent management”

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The live music sector has been burned, like most of the cultural world, by the Generalitat’s management of the pandemic in recent days. But he has gone further than the others and the ARC association, which encompasses 80% of the representatives, managers and musical promoters of Catalonia, has issued a statement demanding debug responsibilities to Procicat –the Generalitat Territorial Plan for Civil Protection of Catalonia– for “its erratic and incoherent management in the field of culture”. They also urge that a internal investigation in the Department of Health to clarify the alleged recommendations to municipalities to cancel concerts, festivals and festivals despite the fact that regulations had already been created to carry out these activities safely.



Demonstration of professionals of culture last Monday in front of the Grec festival, claiming the security of attending the shows (Xavier Cervera)




They are not the only ones who are alarmed by the situation created since Friday when the Generalitat asked for the cancellation of cultural activities due to the increase in the spread of coronavirus, but at the same time left the door open for municipalities to request exceptions. It was the beginning of a few days of huge uncertainty for festivals such as the Grec, the Cruïlla or the Fez Pedralbes
, who have finally been able to continue, but with casualties such as Van Morrison’s due to the insecurity generated. And it was also the beginning of a new ordeal for the cinemas, which are closed again. And desperate.

An image of the Renoir Floridablanca cinema in Barcelona again closed by the measures of the Generalitat

An image of the Renoir Floridablanca cinema in Barcelona again closed by the measures of the Generalitat (Pere Francesch / ACN)




Camilo Tarrazón, President of the Guild of Cinemas of Catalonia, notes that “we have remained the same for days, without news of the authorization to open. It is desperate, every day the situation is worse. Our weeks start on Friday and the weekend is essential. And people also need safe spaces in which to occupy their free time. Procicat and the bureaucracy are doing irreparable damage to culture in Catalonia ”.



An image of the opening of the Grec 2020 with just over a third of the capacity and separation between the spectators

An image of the opening of the Grec 2020 with just over a third of the capacity and separation between the spectators (Àlex Garcia)




He cultural sector, which has been very strict with compliance with the required security protocols – masks for the public, less capacity, distance between the public, disinfection of spaces -, he feels that the Generalitat with its decision on Friday has mistakenly equated culture and contagion. And that is why the association ARC has decided to “denounce the confused management of the Procicatwhich part of a total ignorance of the cultural sector, which causes uncertainty in the public and the unnecessary cancellation of cultural activities, mainly by the public administration ”.

Stamp of the Camp Nou stands before the Sopa de Cabra concert last Friday

Print of the Camp Nou stands before the Sopa de Cabra concert last Friday (Pau Cortina / ACN)




That is why ARC –one of the oldest professional associations in the music industry sector and with more than 60 associated companies representing 80% of the business volume of Catalan live music– “after the uncertainty and the g
shameful procicat, Especially from the last weekend, he claims: the explicit recognition by the Generalitat and the Procicat of security at concerts where all the measures and protocols decreed are scrupulously respected, and the evidence that there is no indication of infection by Covid-19 in concerts and cultural events, as various experts publicly state. ”



Councilors Meritxell Budó, Alba Vergés and Miquel Buch announcing on Friday the decision of the Government to extend the restrictions on the increase in contagions to the city of Barcelona and its metropolitan area

The councilors Meritxell Budó, Alba Vergés and Miquel Buch announcing on Friday the decision of the Government to extend to the city of Barcelona and its metropolitan area the restrictions due to the increase in infections (Marta Pérez / EFE)




Also, ask for a “direct communication and effective of the Generalitat with all the city councils regarding the convenience of the concerts and the major festivals scheduled, respecting the sanitary security measures established at all times ”.

The ARC association calls for an internal investigation in the Department of Health for alleged recommendations to municipalities to cancel shows and festivals

And he urges that “an internal investigation be opened within the Health Department in order to clarify the alleged recommendations made to various municipalities, advising cancel concerts, festivals and entire festivals planned as a precautionary measure, when there is already a specific regulation to carry out all these activities and it has already been amply demonstrated that they are being complied with ”.

Finally, ask for “a bailout urgent and sufficient of all companies dedicated to live music, harmed by the cancellations of scheduled concerts, in order to avoid the widespread bankruptcy of companies in the coming weeks ”.





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