A new government and new hope for art producers in Brazil

With 51% of votes, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was elected president of Brazil, and will be inaugurated for the third time in 2023. After four years of Jair Bolsonaro’s far-right presidency, which neglected the arts and culture, hope among artists and producers is unanimous, starting with the re-establishment of the country’s Ministry of Culture.

Incentive to keep creating and fighting
“From this government I’m hoping for a return of hope and perspective for the entire cultural sector. I know there’s still a lot to fight for and we have to keep going strong for our surroundings, to strengthen things more and more. But it’s essential that we have this perspective and to be able to dream of better days which, I imagine many people in the art world have been through, but that I, for example, and many young artists who’ve come onto the scene in recent years, in a wide variety of languages and mediums, have never experienced such periods of hope. Now being here and being able to dream about our work is certainly incentive to continue creating and fighting”.
Mulambo, artist

Hope for the sector to recover, smoothly and calmly
“President-elect Lula’s victory has unprecedented significance, both for culture and for racial issues. These last six years have really been a period of destruction and the dismantling of cultural institutions that are so deeply rooted in our country, like the Ministry of Culture, the Audiovisual Office, Funarte, and the Palmares Cultural Foundation, essential institutions for carrying out projects and research, both in the audiovisual sector as well as for theater, cinema, dance, and the visual arts.
Over these last six years, unfortunately, we practically had no access to public calls for proposals or incentive laws that would make sponsorship or funding for cultural projects viable. This has led to our country becoming impoverished in this sense, and for many cultural professionals to go hungry, literally shutting its doors on us. I think that now, with Lula’s new government, we’ll be able to have hope again. Culture will once again be treated as a powerful economic activity that creates jobs. Additionally, the new government has already announced that the Ministry of Culture will be reinstated, and, with that, various incentive laws, funding programs, and public calls for proposals will resume, enabling the production of films, plays, dance performances, books, and support for companies, cinemas, and theaters. I’m also very hopeful on the issue of race. I believe that many projects will be carried out aiming at racial equality and inclusion across all layers of society”.
Sabrina Fidalgo, filmmaker

Translation: Zoë Perry