"I have been trying for days to get some form of help from the Belgian state or institutions, but working through Smart, I am not entitled to any form of help. I am not entitled to anything in Italy either, as I am now part of the Belgian tax system and I am resident in Brussels."
"I am an actor residing in Tunisia doing theater . I came from Palestine two years ago. I was working on a theatrical performance , and the shows will extend over the coming months , With this pandemic, we stopped working on the show , we stopped rehearsing on the play, and now as an actor I can't work in this time from home because all my work as a preformer on stage , And my financial income from the rehearsals and show's , we don't know until when we will stay at home , we don't know the theater plays how it will be after"
"Covid-19 is affecting me and my family in a significant way since my husband and I are both freelance performing artists and both are still without access to unemployment rights in Belgium."
"Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, all future and current projects were cancelled or put on hold without a future timeline. Being jobless because of this outbreak as a freelancer now is simply terrible...no money to get around nor to get the basics and survive..."
"As an independent musician, all my concerts have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. I've lost all of my income due to the COVID-19 crisis. It's been a very stressful time, as I don't have anything to fall back on, no safety net. Your support will help with paying bills, getting me through this period, until I can get back to performing again. Thank you so much!"
"My performances were supposed to be played in many places that are now closed or cancelled because of the virus."
"Dem Rek is the story of a long journey. What I have done from Africa, from Gambia, to Italy, three times. The first was the one with the boat, when I lost my mother first, in the desert, and my brother later, in the sea. But I made it. In Italy I discovered the theatre and when I could I wanted to take it back to Africa. Dem Rek talks about it. In December I left the theatre company where I was before and in March I saw the great hope to do 9 shows, and find a job so that I could continue my dream. Everything was broken because of what happened."
"It is very important for us at this difficult time to have a contribution, albeit a minimal one, but one that allows us to take at least one breath."
"'Ik koos voor de danssector op heel jonge leeftijd, een keuze van het hart. Ik heb van die uitdaging ook nog geen seconde spijt gehad. Ik vocht me er keer op keer door, want de kunst- en cultuursector is een harde wereld. In 2018 ben ik een jaar zelfstandige geweest, maar dat bleek uiteindelijk weinig voordelig in mijn situatie. En zo ben ik nu dus in deze pijnlijke situatie beland. Ik heb hulp nodig!’"
"I am a craftswoman artist specializing in clothing design, I work freelance, I am seriously affected because all the planned events were canceled / postponed because of Covid-19, after having prepared everything, bought the supply, fabrics, paying the seamstresses. I put all my money in there because I usually sell well, so there are other private events before and after that were canceled . I have no possibility of paying the costs of my baby's food, my rent, and all the other vital costs."
"This crisis found me in a very precarious economic, administrative, housing and health situation. I arrived in Brussels on 23/01/2020, with the aim of seeking a job, continuing my artistic research and settling in the city. The isolation produced by the COVID-19, caused the total cancellation or postponement of all the remunerated projects in which I was involved."
"The Pandemic as been a disaster, for me. The three International Festivals I was invited to have been canceled, resulting in a huge loss of money, and as an interdisciplinary visual artist I don't get access to the one-time -already meager– bonus that our governement is giving to actors and live performers, because I don't have the requirement to fit into that category. But even more discouraging is the fact that NO ONE in Italy is talking about art and art workers, nor is planning –or at list starting thinking about– whats next for us."
"‘The situation for Italian artists is difficult because it seems we are not considered as a working cathegory in general. When my concerts and performances were cancelled I felt all the fragility of art and artists and a deep loneliness, because I felt my country was not helping me. I hope this situation will make everyone understand how art, in all its expression, is important in our lives and for all human beings.’"