Belgian actor calls for protest against cultural sector shutdown

Belgian actor calls for protest against cultural sector shutdown
Photo from Stany Crets' Facebook.

Belgian actor and director Stany Crets is calling for a gathering on the Place de la Monnaie in Brussels this Sunday afternoon to protest against the closure of the cultural sector.

“For the umpteenth time we are the black sheep. The sacrificial lamb,” Crets wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday.

The Consultation Committee decided on Wednesday to introduce a ban on indoor events, including cultural and theatrical performances and movie screenings, beginning 26 December.

“The events, culture and entertainment sector, or whatever we want to call it, will go down the drain,” Crets said. “The hospitality industry will not be touched. That is entirely up to them, don’t get me wrong. But that is strange, to say the least.”

Crets says the cultural sector is in disbelief over the new measures.

“Nobody understands it. Neither the producers, nor the players or creatives, nor the public. It’s absurd,” he wrote.

According to Crets, the cultural sector has always allowed solidarity to take precedence over self-interest throughout the pandemic, “but solidarity is no longer an argument – not when arbitrariness is involved.”

Crets said the cultural sector represents “thousands of different activities that cannot be caught under one denominator, but to the government we are one sector. And that sucks big time.”

Saying that their differences are a source of weakness at this moment, he urged members of the sector to come together and speak with one voice in their demonstration, scheduled for Sunday, 26 December at 2:00 PM on the Place du Monnaie in Brussels.

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