Rapid antigen tests for concerts will be co-funded by the Ministry of Culture
Marko Prpic PIXSELL
July 18, 2021 – The music festival and concert industry has been among the hardest hit by the pandemic, and in order to help organizers, the Ministry of Culture has decided to co-fund rapid antigen testing in cooperation with the ‘Union of Croatian Music.
According to Goran Rihelj of HrTurizam.hr, the Ministry of Culture has decided that in cooperation with the Croatian Music Union (HGU), it will co-finance the costs of rapid antigenic tests with 5,000,000 HRK for the purpose of conducting concert activities of interest to the Republic of Croatia. The profession welcomes such measures and says it will continue to work on business models that preserve health and the economy.
“Due to the new conditions of the event, paying for tests for visitors is a new cost which is sometimes passed on to visitors, and sometimes to the organizers. Therefore, the co-financing aid for rapid antigenic tests announced by the Ministry of Culture is more than welcome, “said HGK Event Industry Association President Boris Kovaček, adding that the industry expects further work. on how to safely implement events.
Tomo in der Mühlen, president of the Association of Creative and Cultural Industries of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, agrees, saying that entrepreneurs in the sector support all aid measures as it is extremely important that the events sector works. . “We have to constantly work on improving models by which we can better organize controlled events. That’s the only way. Otherwise, if we don’t develop a model on how we can do it and turn off the work, we will find ourselves in a situation where some exceptions, where the organizers do not respect the measures, become more common, and no one in the industry wants that, the events are a great motivation and incentive for young people to get vaccinated.
The Ministry defined the concert programs of interest to the Republic of Croatia as those with more than half of the participation of Croatian artists, a continuous and confirmed presence in the cultural life of the country, a high level of quality, intended to different age profiles of the audience. Co-financing is made in the form of grants, up to 50 kuna per antigen test carried out on visitors.
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