With exceptional joy and enthusiasm, the year began in the two European Capitals of Culture 2020, Rijeka in Croatia and Galway in Ireland. The fact of holding the title is usually an excellent opportunity for cities to place themselves on the world map and attract international tourism that generates millions and millions of euros.
However, all plans were truncated. The COVID 19 pandemic brought life to a standstill across Europe, people were left locked up at home.
To send a message of hope, the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli gave a live Easter concert on April 12 from the Duomo Cathedral in Milan. The concert, broadcast in streaming, had almost 28 million views in just 24 hours and today has more than 40 million views.
The whole world was called by the murder of African American George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis in May. The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter went viral on all social networks. Many graffiti artists paid tribute to Floyed and brought his vision of the Movement for Black Lives to the walls of the world.
Empty ticket offices and seats, theaters, museums, concert halls closed and festivals canceled … It was another of the sad images of this 2020. The motto: “Stay safe, stay at home” was heard everywhere and The artists found on the Internet the best scenario to bring culture to homes safely.
Lady Gaga directed the special event “One world: Together at home”, organized by Global Citizen with artists performing online from their homes. The concert was intended to thank delivery men, postmen and cleaners for their hard work during the pandemic and for promoting hygiene and social distancing.
Ingenuity versus confinement
With the closure of the concert halls, many pulled their imagination to seek safe solutions that would allow them to perform. That of the “Dresdner Sinfoniker” orchestra was play on the rooftops of various buildings.
From the sky of Paris, French-Belgian cellist Camille Thomas performed to “nurture the soul” and “bring beauty” to the city’s confined residents.
The streaming culture emerged strongly. The Sydney Opera House, like many operas, theaters and concert halls, made its program available on the Internet. He upgraded his recording equipment and studios to deliver full Internet performances in the best quality for anyone to access around the world.
The robots were the great idea of British pop artist Philip Colbert to offer his exhibition “Lobsteropolis” at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Visitors can access remotely from a computer or smartphone thanks to a robot capable of roaming and interacting with other visitors.
With an elegant black mask, now an inevitable fashion accessory, the winner of the award posed next to her medal. This year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, American poetess and essayist Louise Glück in his garden in Massachusetts.
What could not stop the pandemic was the John Lennon fan tribute for 80 years who would have met the former Beatle on December 8.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr joined the tributes through their social networks, encouraging everyone to imagine once again and in such a difficult year, everyone living life in peace.