Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon discusses the devastation and impact that the coronavirus is currently having…

It is hard to believe that we are in this situation. Places heading onto lockdown, people having to work from home and a shameful amount of stockpiling of food and other essentials.

While of course most of our thoughts quite rightly should be with those on the frontline services – the NHS and those working in supermarkets for example, it also pains me to see what impact this is having on the Arts and Culture sector.

In particular, my heart goes out to those who work in the theatre industry – an industry now in lockdown and filled with uncertainty of when it will be back open for business. Not only for the actors but also the backstage staff including everyone from lighting, sound, wardrobe and many other unsung heroes who will not know when they will get paid next.

Meanwhile, the museums and art galleries are also popular destinations will feel the economic impact of all this in months to come thanks to the uncertainty that the coronavirus has caused.

From a completely selfish point of view, this also leaves Love London Love Culture in the middle of nowhere and looking at having to take a break for a little time while this horrific situation sorts itself out. However, I will be doing my best to post a few things on here from time to time for anyone who needs a bit of distraction from the real world for a time – but mainly focusing on music, film and books by revisiting my favourites and expressing a few thoughts.

While I know that there are bigger problems to focus on in the long run that are more important than me worrying about my website – I do want to do my bit to show that culture can still exist even if its in a different way than we might expect right now.

As Albus Dumbledore says “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – keep safe and look after each other!

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