Culture, arts and heritage recovery taskforce

In May 2021 the Communities Minister established a Culture, Arts & Heritage Recovery Taskforce in response to COVID-19, to consider measures to support reopening and recovery of the sector in the short-term, paving the way for a longer term strategy for culture, the arts and heritage.

Role and purpose of the group

The Culture, Arts & Heritage Recovery Taskforce was commissioned to propose measures:

  • to support the reopening of heritage sites, theatres, performance venues and relevant public gathering places in line with the Executive’s Pathway Out of Restrictions;
  • to stimulate culture, arts and heritage activity, re-start the cultural economy and enable he sector to play a central role in rebuilding social and economic life here;
  • to explore outdoor performance/activity, including at youth, amateur and community level across the summer, autumn and into the longer term, as a means of encouraging participation and building audience confidence as the opening of indoor and outdoor facilities and activities rolls out;
  • to advise on any  short-term actions to support skills retention and to provide opportunity for potential new-entrants embarking on a career in the sectors; and;
  • to identify medium to long term actions which might be considered in the development of a new Culture, Arts and Heritage Strategy.

Report and Departmental response

The Taskforce’s final report outlines the work carried out by the group as well as their findings.

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