Culture After Quarantine #10

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Our first June newsletter brings you information on updated regulations, support for culture online, efforts to map the impact of the coronavirus crisis on literature and new projects to support the arts. It also features an interview with publisher and literary documentarian Barbora Baronová, who discusses the current situation and much more.

Information on updated measures

The Ministry of Health eases hygienic measures

You can find an overview of the measures that operators of theatres, cinemas, concert halls, circuses and similar businesses must implement to comply with Government Resolution No. 605 of 1 June 2020 on ATI's news site, here.

Regulations for organising concerts and festivals in summer 2020

ATI’s pro-export music office SoundCzech has prepared an overview of regulations for organising music performances, festivals and similar events in indoor and outdoor spaces. The list will be continuously updated here.

#zazivouhudbu (#forlivemusic)

Working under the auspices of the newly formed Česká Obec Hudební - ČOH (Czech Music Community), the #zazivouhudbu initiative has published an overview of the evolving situation in the music sector. According to information published on, the platform has managed to establish contact with the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic (MK ČR) and formed a working group under the leadership of Deputy Minister of Culture Milan Němeček to address issues in the field of music. The music sector has also managed to create a voucher system that will extend the validity of festival tickets through 2021 and lowered VAT on tickets from 15% to 10% (discussed by the government, currently pending action by the Chamber of Deputies).

Responses to open letters

In recent weeks and in collaboration with ČOH, the Czech ITI centre has been in intensive communication with government authorities regarding clarification of conditions. Responses from individual ministers and other government bodies are accessible here.

Interactive map of European venues

Using information provided by its members, the European association Pearle (Live Performance Europe) has put together an interactive map showing re-opened performance venues across Europe. The map is regularly updated and accessible here.

Art online

How to present the performing arts online?

In response to government measures impacting live performance, many artists and organisations have made their work accessible via digital media.

Daily from 10:00-12:00 from 8-11 June, ATI is hosting a series of online discussions on the topic of recording theatre performances. Recordings made for further study, archival purposes or for presentation to the professional public will be discussed, as will making dance and theatre productions available to the general public via digital platforms. These online meetings will include moderated discussions with experts on the given topic, as well as time for questions from the public.

        • 8 June: Methodologies for recording a theatre performance
        • 9 June: Copyright and legal issues in the use of recorded theatre performance
        • 10 June: Editing a recorded theatre performance.
        • 11. June: The dramaturgy of a recorded theatre performance

You can find an overview of inspiring international examples of culture online here, on ATI’s website.

In collaboration with ATI, the MK ČR has announced a competitive grant scheme to support making art accessible through digital media.

In collaboration with ATI, the MK ČR has issued an Extraordinary Call to Support the Accessibility of Art through Digital Media. With a budget of 30 million CZK, the call focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to connecting the performing arts with the public via new technologies.

The deadline is 15 June and more information is available here.

Mapping the impact of the coronavirus crisis on literature

Were mapping the impact of the crisis on literature

You asked if we would also be mapping the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the field of literature. In response, we've collaborated with representatives from the literary scene to launch a one-time survey focused on literature. The survey has three versions intended for individuals, commercial and non-profit organisations respectively. The questions will lead to detailed mapping of the operation, economics and systemic needs of the literary sector, as well as a comparison of literature with other creative fields.

The survey is accessible here.

Deadline for completion: 24:00 on 22 June 2020. Literature Research Coordinator Viktor Debnár may be contacted with questions via email:

Foreign cooperation
A new English-language website focused on the promotion of Czech art has been launched

ArtsCzech, ATI's new English language website, focuses on current events in the Czech arts scene across the following fields:

  • Architecture
  • Literature
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Film and Digital
  • Design and Craft
  • Heritage
  • Music

ArtsCzech's contents will focus on the promotion of Czech art and information on grants and mobility programmes, including pro-export activities and artistic residencies. The website will also feature interviews with Czech artists who have direct experience of the mobility programmes offered by ATI.

The recently created portals editorial board accepts suggestions for publication at

Weve prepared an interview about the current situation with Barbora Baronová as part of the Stories series on ATIs new website ArtsCzech.

The coronavirus crisis interfered with literary documentarian and publisher Barbora Baronová's planned literary residency. She should have been spending this time in Budapest as part of the Visegrad Funds Literary Residency programme (editors note: the call for writers from the Czech Republic is issued by ATI). Before the state of emergency, Baronová's small art publishing house wo-men issued the documentary book Ženy o ženách (Women on Women), soon nominated for the Most Beautiful Czech Book of the Year. Instead of embarking on a book tour, however, the next months found Baronová drawn into a debate on the fate of small publishers in the Czech Republic as the coronavirus crisis exposed problems in the Czech literary scene to which Baronová, from the position of a small publisher, had long tried to draw attention.

The Czech version of the interview with Barbora Baronová is available on ATIs Kreativní Česko portal.

Open Call PQ 21020

In response to the period of social isolation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Prague Quadrennial is launching a special edition of the PQ Studio project. In light of the fact that many student projects have had to be cancelled, PQ is offering the opportunity to take part in an educational scenography project concentrating on work with play texts. Taking into account the current social context, Karel Čapek’s The White Plague has been selected.

More information about the project:


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