By Gabriela Baron
As the COVID-19 takes its toll on the arts, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Chairperson Margarita Floirendo said that they will implement steps to protect the livelihood of artists.
Floreindo said that the CCP is starting with productions that will be live-streamed to pay production staff and actors.
“We are planning other activities to protect the livelihood of artists,” Floreindo said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
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Floirendo also revealed plans to go digital under the “new normal.”
The CCP will go online starting this month. The public can stream presentations like “Rama Hari”, the Philippine Madrigal Singers’ concert, and the Virgin Labfest entry “Hintayan ng Langit” for free for a limited time.
“It’s for free for one week. It will soon be a pay for a digital performance in a couple of months,” Floirendo added.
The CCP chair also encouraged Filipino artists to innovate and to think outside of the box to survive the pandemic.
“There will be no season this year for resident companies. They will have to be able to innovate by using new platforms in performance,” Floirendo said.