To mark the Palestinian National Culture Day on March 13th, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) & Ministry of Culture (MOC) reviewed the status of cultural institutions in Palestine in a press released today.
“The COVID-19 pandemic affected the reality of cultural institutions during 2020 due to frequent lock-down measures to limit the spread of the virus. Despite the decrease in the number of museums visitors and the number of theatre plays performed in and their attendees, the number of participants in cultural activities held in cultural centers witnessed a remarkable increase compared to 2019 since activities were arranged virtually. Below are the most prominent statistical figures that reflect the reality of cultural institutions during the year 2020,” the release said.
“The number of institutions working in cultural activities in the private and the non-governmental sectors in Palestine reached 1,086 in 2017, where such institutions employ 3,882 employees, of whom 2,924 are males and 958 are females. In the West Bank, the number of institutions working in cultural activities reached 729 (67.1%) with 2,574 employees, of whom 74% are males and 16% are females,” the statement added. “Whereas the number of institutions working in cultural activities in Gaza Strip reached 357 establishments (32.9%), where the number of employees reached 1,308, of whom 77% are males and 23% are females.”
“Hence, such institutions were distributed in Palestine by employment size group into small-sized institutions that employ (1-4) employees, where they reached 858 institutions (79%), medium-sized institutions that employ (5-19) employees, where they reached 211 institutions (19.4%), and large establishments that employ (20 employees and more). The number of those institutions reached 17 at a percentage of 1.6%.”