Culture in the time of Corona

How Covid-19 challenged-and inspired- Egypt's culture sector

By Yasmine Nazmy

For the independent culture scene in Egypt, which, under normal circumstances, has scarce resources and limited audience, the indefinite lockdown proved to be a test of endurance, resourcefulness, and agility.

Yasmeen Nazmy surveys the Egyptian culture scene’s handling of the coronavirus crisis. Speaking to gallery owners, government officials, curators, musicians and others, Nazmy’s story reveals an already struggling arts ecosystem that has been hit hard. Some culture players ended up working on creative solutions, others gave up and shut down. The insecurity surrounding when things will get back to normal, and what exactly that new normal might mean, is also of great concern to the culture community. The article was accompanied by actual surveys with both audiences and operators, and the results are presented in a visual format.

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