Covid-19: Cultural and Entertainment Sectors

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:29 pm on 2nd March 2021.

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Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State 3:29 pm, 2nd March 2021

I beg to move,

That this House
has considered covid-19 and the cultural and entertainment sectors.

May I, too, extend a very warm welcome back to Jo Stevens? It is so lovely to see her back in her place looking so well.

I am so grateful for this opportunity to highlight the Government’s support for our world-class culture and entertainment sectors during what has been an extremely challenging year. The UK has one of the strongest cultural sectors in the world and a really proud tradition of supporting the artists, entertainers and creatives who do so much to enrich our lives.

Experiencing culture, whether it is through visiting a museum, wandering through the gardens of a heritage site or attending the theatre, can do so much for our mental and physical health, and I know that so many of us have leaned on films, TV, virtual exhibitions and all other types of art and entertainment to get us through the last year. Covid-19 has placed unprecedented pressures on organisations and individuals across the economy, but entertainment and culture have been particularly hard hit, relying as they so often do on social interaction and close contact.