Update on the impact of Covid-19 on cultural institutions in Germany

Study by actori

In June 2020 actori carried out a study on the impact of Covid-19 on German cultural institutions. Today, four months later the extent of damage and losses caused by cancelled performances, closures and several restrictions on visitor capacity becomes more and more visible.

In the current status quo (as of October) over 120,000 events at Germany's theatres, orchestras, festivals and socio-cultural centres have been cancelled. In addition, these institutions, as well as Germany's museums, have lost around 70 million visitors and the associated revenue shortfall amounts to over half a billion euros.

Based on the initial findings of this crisis, actori has made a new projection. The period under consideration was extended until the end of the 2021/22 season and further assumptions (e.g. hesitant return of visitors) were taken into account.

In result by the end of the 2021/22 season there will be 170-270 million visitors less in Germany's cultural institutions, due to the restrictions and closures.
The study has been carried out by Prof. Maurice Lausberg, M.D. actori GmbH, Katharina Pachta-Reyhofen, Consultant actori GmbH and Jonas Salzer, intern actori GmbH.