The Covid 19 pandemic has decimated creative and cultural sectors all around the world. This negative impact on the diversity and vibrancy of creative output will be felt for many years to come. The impact of the crisis in Europe is detailed in the Rebuilding Europe Study, a report jointly funded by IFRRO.

Other studies detailing the impact of the crisis include From Response to Recovery, a study by the IPA on the impact of the pandemic on the publishing industry in different regions around the world.

At the same time, authors, publishers and CMOs in the text and image sector have come up with new approaches, creative alternatives and short and long terms solutions make content available and accessible during the crisis.

In 2021, IFRRO, together with EVA, EWC and FEP held a series of "Re:start Conversation" events to highlight some of these actions, as well as the impact of the crisis on the sector:

The first event, called "Beyond the crisis: Recovery, resilience and sustainability of the book sector" was held on 17 March 2021.

The second event, "Investing in a high-quality digital education ecosystem is investing in democracy" took place on 16 June 2021.

IFRRO has also published several newsletters, detailing the actions taken by its members as a response to the crisis (available here). A report on our survey about the impact of the pandemic on our members’ activities can be found here.