Cultural venues throughout Belgium have announced that they will start their services on Friday in defiance of government-ordered restrictions after being shuttered for six months.
The “Still Standing For Culture” collective will not follow government orders between April 30 and May 8 by offering many activities while following health guidelines, as reported by The Brussels Times.
“There is no evidence that culture should take second place to supermarkets, zoos or any other activity that generates social contact,” owners taking part in the collective said, per The Associated Press. “The health situation does not explain why the fate of cultural venues has been systematically ignored for months, nor why new conditions are pulled out of the government’s hat when their reopening is finally discussed.”
Owners said that the government’s continuing ban on cultural events held indoors is evidence of “an unacceptable inequality of treatment.”
“This action is less about civil disobedience but rather about questioning the principles of non-discrimination, democracy, and proportionality of what