President Alberto Fernández today ratified his “absolute commitment to culture”, assured that the State will put “everything that has to be put in place” for the “recovery” of the various disciplines affected by the coronavirus pandemic and asked the artists to “Get all your strength to do your best” because “art feeds the soul of the people.”
At the head of the act of presentation of Activar Cultura, a series of measures that includes financing lines for the production and work of the culture sector, at the Kirchner Cultural Center (CCK), the President also assured that the next two years of Management will be the “revenge” for his Government to specify “everything that could not be done up to here” due to the limitations imposed by the Covid-19.
He thanked “theatrical producers, artists, musicians” and all the leaders of culture and art for their contribution in the difficult times marked by the coronavirus and because “they understood that death walked among us and they helped to take care of us.”
“We are recovering dreams, desire and life,” added the president, who admitted his concern that “the flame of culture is not extinguished” and regretted that art has been “particularly difficult” to cope with sanitary restrictions.
“Art is something central in the life of the human being; you need food to grow healthy, but you also need art because it feeds the soul of the people and without art, the people are halfway there,” he said. Fernandez.
The ceremony had an emotional moment at its beginning, when the Minister of Culture, Tristán Bauer, dedicated a few words to the singer Liliana Herrero, present in the room and partner of the late former director of the National Library, Horacio González.
Shortly after, the President embraced Herrero, asked him to maintain his strength and praised the figure of González.
The event also participated, in addition to Bauer; the Minister of Public Works, Gabriel Katopodis; the director of the Anses, Fernanda Raverta; the media secretary, Francisco Meritello, and the first candidate for national deputy of the Frente de Todos for the province of Buenos Aires, Victoria Tolosa Paz.
Also, in a speech he gave at the beginning of the act, Bauer highlighted several of the initiatives carried out by the Government, such as the one that implies the contribution of 4.7 billion pesos to support some 50 thousand cultural workers during the pandemic; the investment of 2,500 million pesos to make some 80 competitive audiovisual productions, which will involve direct and indirect work for more than 5,000 jobs, among others.