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The notion has been that the Culture and Creative Industries, which are the bedrock of the Creative Economy are resilient and recession-proof if the 2008 economic downturn is anything to go by. The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has negated that what with most governments enforcing lockdowns in a desperate bid to stem the spread of the

Corona virus. Coupled with social distancing rules, the arts which are mostly dependent on the social interaction of culture vultures gathering in art galleries, at festivals or in the cinema essentially have to grind to a screeching halt especially in countries where the “new normal” doesn’t count for much – what with high Internet costs and a failure to monetise digital platforms. More

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