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The road beyond reclosure: Omicron and the events and experiential industry

The road beyond reclosure: Omicron and the events and experiential industry

The festival, events, and experiential industry has been one of the worst affected since the outbreak of Covid-19. In the final quarter of 2021-22, just as the outlook improved and the industry began a positive rebound to recover previous losses, businesses face the impact of another wave of disruptions, postponements, and cancellations due to the highly contagious Omicron variant. How can the industry manage this uncertainty?

Speakers Info

Jonathan Kennedy, Director Arts India - British Council
Roshan Abbas, President; Co-founder - EEMA; Kommune
Malavika Banerjee , Director - Kolkata Literary Meet
Deepak Choudhary, Founder and Director - EVENTFAQS and Laqshya Event Capital
Tom Sweet, Music Programme Manager - British Council
Rashmi Dhanwani, Founder and CEO - Art X Company
Digital Futures
Financial Management
Health and Safety
Planning and Governance

About the event

The festival, events, and experiential industry has been one of the worst affected since the outbreak of Covid-19. In the final quarter of 2021-22, just as the outlook improved and the industry began a positive rebound to recover previous losses, businesses face the impact of another wave of disruptions, postponements, and cancellations due to the highly contagious Omicron variant. This is an industry that directly employs 10 million people and indirectly, through allied sectors like food and beverage, hospitality, tourism, advertising and marketing, another 50 million.

The economic disruption led businesses across these sectors to see a huge downfall in their growth. In the three-part ‘Taking the Temperature Report’ by the British Council, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), and the Art X Company, 50% of creative sectors reported a 51% or greater loss in annual revenue in 2020-2021. Furthermore, while many festivals moved to digital and hybrid formats, income generated through these is a fractional percentage and has not replaced usual sales and ticketing platforms. As per research conducted by the Event and Entertainment Management Association
(EEMA), 97% of companies surveyed stated they will need to raise capital or debt to survive, with around 90% of daily wage workers and small and medium scale agencies associated with the trade facing the brunt of reclosure.

How can the industry manage this uncertainty? What are the advisories available to businesses to encourage agility and adaptability to help them sustain/ survive? What are the vital responsibilities of private organisations and public authorities and what protocols must be implemented to ensure the safety of our community?

This panel discussion identified some of the practical action and immediate support available to the festival, events, and experiential industry in India, and propose possibilities to think about the future of public experiences, community celebrations, and cultural life in a post-Covid world.

The panel opened with a presentation by Jonathan Kennedy (Director Arts India, British Council). Panelists included:Deepak Choudhary (Founder and Director, XPRNC-Middle East; EVENTFAQS Media; Event Capital; WWI School of Event Management; WWI School of E-Sports & Sports Management; Laqshya Live Experiences; Live 101; DOREMI Entertainment); Malavika Banerjee (Director, Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet, Bhubaneswar Literary Meet, Jharkhand Literary Meet; Co-founder, Gameplan); Roshan Abbas (Founder, Encompass; Co-founder, Kommune; President, EEMA) and Tom Sweet (Music Programme Manager, British Council).

This event was held as part of the British Council’s Festival Connections in partnership with Arts and Culture Resources India (an Art X Company initiative), an annual programme of expertise, knowledge and networking between India and the UK.

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