12. Unlocking venues / audiences

This sub-section has been created on 18 May 2020 following the deconfinement process happening at various levels and timeframes in Europe and internationally. This sub-section is of course to inform the sector about the latest developments but also aims to serve as a source of inspiration for venues, organisations and cultural professionals at large. 

For the overall list of resources 'Coronavirus: Resources: Arts, Culture and Cultural Mobility', done in partnership with Circostrada, follow this weblink.


 Please email mobility(at)on-the-move.org in case of update, correction or new resources.

Last update: 25 September 2020 (latest updates with the sign ◊ ) 


Organisations with a * are On the Move's members

(photo @ Wimo Ambala Bayang, Long time no see, 2011)


Rules and regulations


Pearle* composes a map of Europe presenting the phases of re-opening of venues for cultural live events (first release on 27 May) - link

NEMO: evolving map of planned museums' reopening - link




Leitfaden für den Neustart des Kulturbetriebs - link


Accueil du public dans les salles (26/8) - link


Rules on how to reopening theatres (in Chinese but free online translation services can really help) - link


Déconfinement : Adaptation des contrats de diffusion à la période post Covid-19 - link

Déconfinement : recommandations sanitaires pour la reprise d'activité - link

La limite de la demi-jauge est levée dans les salles de cinéma et de spectacle (21 juin) - link

Comment la Rue de Valois envisage la réouverture des salles de spectacle (27 mai) - link

Ministère de la culture: Déconfinement : aide pour la reprise d'activité et la réouverture au public - link

ACDN: Première synthèse des hypothèses de reprise envisagées par les Centres dramatiques nationaux au 7 mai 2020 - link

Calendrier de l'ouverture des musées en France - link


Kinos und Theater in Bayern dürfen ab 15. Juni öffnen - link


Visual Artists Ireland: Covid-19: Questions to ask as you prepare to return to your studio or to other work - link

Arts Council welcomes publication of guidelines for reopening of arts centres - link


Ministries of Culture and Health, Plans to gradually increase the allowed number of participants in cultural events - link


Réouverture d’infrastructures culturelles en vue de la sortie de crise du COVID-19 - link


◊ Set up of COVID-19 Transition Arts Task Force - link

No Touching Or Elderly Actors: Here’s How Theatre In Malta Is Set To Change - link


Guidelines for organizers of cultural and entertainment events during the SARS-CoV-2 virus epidemic in Poland – link

Guidelines for reopening cultural institutions – link


Le monde du spectacle élabore son concept de protection - link


Taiwan eases COVID-19 rules as domestic transmissions stay at zero - link

The National Theater & Concert Hall, Taipei Pandemic Control Measures [abide by the guidance of Taiwan CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]  - link

United Kingdom:

◊ Government announces new Culture Commissioner and recovery taskforce - link


Audiences' monitor


Covid-19 Audience outlook monitor via the Australia Council for the Arts - link


◊  Les français et la reprise des activités culturelles, de sport et événementiels post confinement - link

Covid-19 : une nouvelle étude appelle à la prudence concernant la reprise des concerts - link

Grande enquête : les français et la reprise des activités de divertissement suite au Covid-19 - link

Culture vs Covid : Un milieu culturel mobilisé pour le retour des publics - un rapport par Toute la Culture - link

United Kingdom:

◊ Act 2: National Audience Research (UK) - link

Indigo: a free online survey designed to capture audience views on returning to arts events, booking tickets now and in future - link


Good practices / experiences 

Europe / international:

Are lockdown live streams working for South Africa's musicians? - link

Live DMA (Music): Covid-19 exit strategies - link

CINARS Webinar - Performing Arts Deconfinement Initiatives Around the World - link and list of initiatives - link

CIMAM: Precautions for Museums during Covid-19 Pandemic - link

NEMO Webinar "Museum lives in post-pandemia" - link (video report)

What Does Post-Lockdown Art World Look Like in Europe? (19 May) - link




Letter From Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Director Sabine Haag on How to Reopen Museums With Safety Rules That Are Smart, Not Draconian - link

China: Cautious optimism in China as nightlife resumes after lockdown (24 April) - link

China, South Korea and Japan start to reopen museums (13 March) - link


German scientists are hosting a pop concert for 4,000 people to study how the coronavirus spreads in large groups and how to combat it - link

Kultur club: How Germany has led the way in supporting the arts in lockdown - link

Extra legroom and no interval: Germany plans for post-lockdown theatre - link

Observing social distancing, a German theater cautiously restarted live concerts (19 May) - link

We went to one of the first German museums to reopen after the lockdown—here's what it was like (4 May) - link

Hong Kong:

◊ An Invitation: On Empty Theatre - link           

Japan: POST Corona – Setouchi Circus Factory’s vision and plans from 2020 - link


Les théâtres s’unissent face à la crise - link


◊  Optimistic or delusional? Theater in a time of pandemic - link

USA: After America reopens, a healthy roadmap for theater - link 



Digital Theater Isn’t Theater. It’s a Way to Mourn Its Absence - link

Performing Arts: Emerging From Confinement (by European Parliament Research blog) - link

Serenading plants: Barcelona opera reopens with unusual concert - link

Measure for Measure – Sean Buhagiar (Malta) - link

Three Museum Directors Offer a Behind-the-Scenes Look at How They Are Tackling the Challenge of Reopening Their Institutions Post-Lockdown - link

Museums re-opening: Are Museums re-opening? How? - link

How Should a Museum Reopen in a Post-COVID World? Here Is Everything You Need to Know to Do It Safely, According to Experts - link

The New Normal — Festivals and Events Post-Covid - link

What could socially distanced theatre look like? - link

What Socially Distanced Live Performance Might Look Like - link


For the overall list of resources 'Coronavirus: Resources: Arts, Culture and Cultural Mobility', done in partnership with Circostrada, follow this weblink.