Protesters gather to protest the closing of the National Theater
Turkish actors gather at the Headquarter of National Turkish Theater (Devlet Tiyatrosu) in Ankara, to protest the government's decision to close or sell all National Theaters.
Today in Ankara , in the Headquarter of National Turkish Theater (Devlet Tiyatrosu), the Turkish actors protested the government which is planning to close or to sell the theaters.. The meeting was organized by the audience who are also worried about the declarations coming from the government.
After 63 years of existence, 2 weeks ago the prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared to public that the government wants to close, or sell, the National Theater . He declared that the theater is not gaining money nor playing the “conservative plays”
The National Theater in Turkey exists since 1947 and has in staff a total of 623 actors plus technicians and performs yearly 100 new plays, in 56 stages, and 6000 performances, also every year National Theater has an average of 600 tourneè bringing theater to the small towns and villages of Turkey.The ticket prices are 4-6 TL (2-3 euro) to make culture and theater more reachable for the public and considering the low prices and good quality , the theaters are always full.
In Turkey there are also City Theaters, that are supported by the Municipalities, the biggest of these theaters is Istanbul Şehir Tiatroları , which is 98 years old, and the plan is to sell or close these theaters as well.
After Theaters the Prime Minister’s plan is to to find a solution for the existence of National Opera and National Ballet.
Some time ago in Turkey the government declared that it is time for Turkey to create its own “conservative way of art”.