The state is not reluctant to take over the Liepāja Theater yet; promises discussion / Article /

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Liepāja theater in crisis could be supported with both state and municipal funds – such a compromise was reached on Wednesday during a meeting between the Ministry of Culture and the Liepāja City Council.

The theater will be able to apply for state funding in the target program of the State Cultural Capital Fund for the creation of a future cultural offer, in which 1.8 million euros are available this year to mitigate the consequences of Covid-19. The rest of the necessary funding will have to be sought by the municipality. It has previously been said that the losses exceed 420 thousand euros, but this still needs to be clarified.

It should be reminded that Liepāja Theater is currently the only professional theater that has been under the control of the municipality, not the state, since the economic crisis of 2009. The Ministry of Culture acknowledged that this unequal situation should be changed, but how to do it – negotiations on it are still at an early stage.

The state is not reluctant to take over the Liepāja Theater yet; promises discussionMara Rosenberg

“It is only one of the versions that Liepāja theaters could take over the state. We might as well discuss the exact opposite versions – perhaps other theaters that are currently state theaters, such as in Valmiera and Daugavpils, could be taken over by municipalities. This is already a broader discussion that should be seen in the country’s cultural policy and in the theater industry in general. But this is just the beginning of the debate at the moment. One thing is clear – it cannot be a situation that all theaters are state, but one is local governments, ”said Minister of Culture Nauris Puntulis (National Association).

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To overcome the crisis caused by Covid-19 and economic recovery, investment in culture was decided to allocate 32 million euros: € 10.6 million to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic public cultural institutions and support for creative people; EUR 10.4 million for modernization measures in the cultural sector – public procurement of new cultural assets, as well as EUR 11 million for cultural infrastructure. On the distribution of money Covid-19 to mitigate the effects of the crisis raises an alarm also the Association of Contemporary Non-Governmental Organizations. Liepāja Theater had to prepare additional information about its own by the beginning of August financial situation.

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