Audience hesitancy is Omicron’s new curse

Omicron has increased audience hesitancy around attending arts events, but is change in sight?

For the past two years the arts sector has ridden the highs and lows of COVID-19, but once again the industry is facing a crisis due to the new Omicron variant.

Within the past two weeks ArtsHub has reported outbreaks in the performing arts, the impact of RAT shortages and events threatened by staff shortages among funding and mental health concerns.

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Celina Lei is an Arts Writer at ArtsHub. She acquired her masters in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Prior to joining ArtsHub, she was an editorial assistant at the Hong Kong based ArtAsiaPacific magazine and is an art host on independent Instagram platform Club Ambroise. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne, Victoria. Instagram: @lleizy_