Latest: The next issue of the Cultural Coronewsletter is out

Latest: The next issue of the Cultural Coronewsletter is out

The Brno Cultural Coronewsletter provides an overview of events that took place during the past week and maps upcoming ones. It also publishes the results of an online questionnaire from the Department of Culture of the Brno City Municipality in order to effectively evaluate the temporary impact of the current situation on stakeholders in the Brno cultural and creative industries and the subsequent implementation of further measures.

POSTPONING RENT PAYMENT MATURITY

On 23 March 2020, the Council of the City of Brno adopted the following resolution: in the case of rent payments with a maturity between 12 March 2020 and 30 June 2020, no penalty shall be imposed on tenants for late settlement of the relevant payment resulting from a concluded contract, or from the provisions of a generally binding legal regulations, provided such payment is made by 31 July 2020 at the latest.

For rent paid monthly always on the first or tenth day of the relevant month, this measure applies from the next month. For rent paid quarterly (retrospectively for the relevant quarter of a year), with a maturity between 12 March 2020 and 30 June 2020, the payments must be settled by 31 July 2020 at the latest. Those tenants who pay rent in one or two instalments during the year and for whom this instalment or these instalments are due during the decisive period, specifically between 12 March 2020 and 30 June 2020, shall pay this instalment or these instalments by 31 July 2020 at the latest. Should the situation become so critical for anyone that the above postponement of the rent would not be sufficient, then they may apply for forgiveness of the rent; the application should be sent to the relevant department of the Brno City Municipality. Forgiveness or a reduction in the rent shall be decided on, in justified cases, by the Council of the City of Brno.

SUPPORT MEASURES TAKEN BY THE CITY OF BRNO

The Council of the City of Brno held a discussion today on the intention to implement a support programme for the independent cultural scene and about possible cooperation with the South Moravian Region in helping the business sector in the region in general. As a result, the Council agreed with the intention of supporting entrepreneurs in the city of Brno, entrusting Councillor Marek Fišer with the preparation of policy documents and at the same time asking him to negotiate with the South Moravian Region on the possibility of joint action at a regional level.

Councillor M. Fišer has already addressed the leaders of the South Moravian Region, inviting them to hold talks. Regardless of their response, we will propose solutions at the level of the City of Brno. We are working on several possible levels of support – the possibilities of subsidies, interest-free loans and also granting financial support for creative solutions aimed at mitigating the impact of government restrictions. In doing so we are using the responses to a recently conducted survey. You will have the opportunity to comment on the text of the proposals, which will be subject to approval by relevant authorities and will depend in particular on the financial capacities of the city of Brno. However, it should be borne in mind that the city has been extensively burdened by also having to resolve financially demanding basic problems in other areas, which were supposed to be sorted out primarily by the state. This is also the case of our contributory organisations, which employ a total of 1,500 people.

MEASURES TAKEN AT NATIONWIDE LEVEL

Please follow our website HERE, where we provide you with updated information concerning support granted by central government ministries. We also recommend you subscribe to the newsletter published by the Arts and Theatre Institute entitled "Culture in Quarantine" - HERE, which brings you the latest information at a national level, including upcoming measures to be implemented by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU

Brno Cultural Calendar

We would like to encourage all organisers of cultural events to make use of the KalTic city planning calendar when planning and postponing events in 2020 and 2021, in order to avoid unwanted scheduling collisions. If your project or activity cannot be implemented in 2020, it is possible to apply for extension of the implementation and drawing of the grant into the year 2021, in line with the contract. Please report changes in your activities or projects by 2 November 2020 at the latest; in doing so, please follow the Guidelines for Grant Beneficiaries in 2020.

Káznice LIVE

A new broadcasting studio is being set up in the premises of the former penitentiary on Cejl Street, nowadays called Káznice (see news).

(ni) KAM in Brno

The project will newly support local businesses and creatives. The current situation is a test and a challenge – and not only for the cultural scene. Due to the huge interest raised by the (ni)KAM V BRNĚ [(no)WHERE TO GO IN BRNO] platform, backed by the TIC BRNO, the platform is preparing further lines of promotional support for local gastronomy businesses, creative people and providers of services. The project concept is inspired by examples from abroad, where cities make maximum use of synergies and offer broad support to cultural and business entities in their areas. In the next few days we will launch a gastronomy line in cooperation with the independent project Save Gastro Brno, offering vouchers for the services of Brno businesses; these vouchers can be claimed when the businesses open again. The aim of the vouchers is to increase the profits of businesses in the period of limited functioning. For participation in the project and detailed information please contact: Kryštof Čižmář (krycizmar@icloud.com) or David Pokorný (pokorny@ticbrno.cz). Please share this call to join the project.

QUESTIONNAIRE

The results of the questionnaire-based survey can be found here.

WHAT'S GOING ON IN BRNO CULTURE

Thanks for the stories you have been sharing with us. There are a tremendous number of them and we are really happy about that. If you want to send a message to other people write to kultura@brno.cz; selected contributions will be published!

The Radost Theatre sings to children.

The Jiří Mahen Library has published a special issue of its "Impulsy" magazine, this time focusing on what to do at home during the quarantine period.

Industra is producing shields, stackers and face masks for the whole Czech Republic. If you want to join in, click HERE.

The HaDivadlo theatre is sewing face masks, sharing cultural tips for those at home and helping wherever it can. Follow their Facebook page HERE.

The Brno City Museum has created a special website "Špilberk virtuálně" (Špilberk Virtually), where you can take a virtual walk through the castle or use a number of additional online applications.

The Goose on a String theatre is busy sewing face masks, and in addition to that, reading the Decameron, a Renaissance novella by Giovanni  Boccaccio, with the slogan Let's Be Alone Together! on its Facebook page. Every weekend the theatre also offers one of its productions from the archives.

The Brno City Theatre is sewing face masks; on Wednesdays and Saturdays it publishes footage of its  productions on its YouTube channel, MdB TV, and on its Facebook page it shares videos of actors, competitions and other challenges.

The National Theatre Brno is sewing face masks and sharing various attractions on its Facebook page.

The activities of the initiative "We Sew Face Masks" in Brno are illustrated by a short documentary that you can watch online HERE.

Kamila Zlatušková, director of the Serial Killer festival sends this message: "I am keeping my fingers crossed for us and other colleagues in culture, hoping that we survive these hard times in good health and with as few wounds as possible." Department of Culture, Brno City Municipality 2020 Contact: kultura@brno.cz  Contributions are edited and shortened.

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