Catalan cinema had another disastrous year in 2019

Last year was terrible for the Catalan film industry, which was already coming from a disastrous 2018, according to the 2019 Annual Report on Culture and the Arts, published yesterday by the National Council for Culture and the Arts ( CoNCA) and presented to Parliament. The original production in Catalan attracted only 0.3% of viewers and the screening of films in Catalan remained at a tiny 2.3% of the screen share. But these data will be nothing compared to the debacle that covid-19 has caused in culture. This is also confirmed by the study whose conclusions call for a new legal framework, more public funding and greater coordination at the state, regional and municipal levels. For the CoNCA it is vital to reach 2% for Culture in the budgets of the Generalitat, create a census of artists and develop the Artist’s Statute. “We need a great national agreement for Culture that guarantees stability beyond any change in power,” said Jordi Font, secretary of the CoNCA Plenary.

The bad data for 2019 came in a year in which cinemas in Catalonia saw an increase in viewers by 2.7% and revenue by 2.5%. The production of Catalan feature films grew by 5%, to 84. What does work in the audiovisual scene made in Catalonia is the video game: in 2018 they recorded 17% more turnover.

The Catalan publishing sector increased its turnover by 1.7% compared to 2018 and confirms the slight and sustained growth that has been seen since 2015.

In music, the data refer to 2018, when the number of concerts grew by 1.4%, spectators by 1% and revenue by 1.3%. However, the trend since 2014 is reversing: compared to that year there were 9% fewer concerts and 5.3% fewer attendees, while the collection remained the same. The turnover of the record industry grew by 16.3% and continued to fall on physical media (31.6% less) and the rise of the digital market (50% more).

In the performing arts, also with data from 2018, there was an increase of 6.2% in the number of theater goers, although the collection fell by 1.1%.

And museums received 26.2 million visitors last year, 1.8% more than in 2018.

In 2018, cultural consumption accounted for 5,315 million euros, a figure similar to the previous year but far from the usual more than 7,000 euros before the crisis.

The report records the damage caused by covid-19 and provides some figures. Cultural companies went from a turnover of 45 million euros at the beginning of the year to only 8 million in April. By the end of July it had recovered slowly, reaching 25.4 million, far from the average. In July, cultural companies with an erto reached 5,888, affecting 52,997 employees.

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