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Pandemic Creates Culture Crisis; Brazilian Artists Suffer Amid Lack of Government Support

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The novel coronavirus pandemic has hit hard the Brazilian cultural industry, which largely relies on audiences and crowds in enclosed spaces, and which was already in crisis due to budget cuts and lack of public policies.

The sector, which employs five million people and generates R$170 billion per year in revenue, according to the Tourism Ministry's Culture Secretariat, is struggling with the closure of cultural facilities, dismissals, and starvation of artists who are unable to support themselves, while the federal government, which had already demoted the former Ministry to the category of Special Secretariat . . .

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