Pandemic has brought down the curtain at capital’s famed and mythical theatre for the second time in almost a century of existence.
Temporarily...as the article states:Pandemic has brought down the curtain at capital’s famed and mythical theatre for the second time in almost a century of existence.www.batimes.com.ar
I agree with your sentiments regarding the importance of the arts. I hope that you are right. European countries subsidize the arts. I don't known that there is much individual philanthropy as there is in the US however,Somewhere in the world there is a philanthropist who will hear about the financial situation of Teatro Colon and come to the rescue. The cultural arts are what make this city so outstanding, and they will continue when donors step forward. I have no doubt that Martha Argerich and Daniel Baremboin have put out the word in Europe that their beloved Teatro Colon needs help.
Thats pretty funny, since the reality is the opposite- The K government funded a LOT of classical music, while Macri shut it down, along with any other cultural, educational, or artistic programs he could get away with.Classical music, opera and ballet are not likely to be considered priorities of a populist government. Even if they were, the country's financial condition would make it difficult to continue operations. The Teatro Argentino de la Plata, a beautiful venue, has been moribund for quite some time,
Thats pretty funny, since the reality is the opposite- The K government funded a LOT of classical music, while Macri shut it down, along with any other cultural, educational, or artistic programs he could get away with.
Colon is a very unusual example- it is widely loved by the Argentine public, and nobody will put up with any government not supporting it. I know a wide range of Argentines who have had season tickets for years and years- not snooty rich people, either. I have a friend who went all the time to the Opera- and who also was in Cemento to see Sumo play, and still goes to see loud rock bands all the time, even though he is in his late 60s. Opera and Classical music is not a polarizing thing in Argentina, unlike in other countries- I know a lot of pop, punk, jazz, and electronic musicians here who all learned classical first, and consider it equal to, not superior or inferior, to other styles.
So my predicition is that yes, Colon will come back.
Nice to know. The Teatro Argentino however was on the decline before Macri.Macri slashed budgets, fired employees, and conducted aggressive "fire inspections" at performance venues around town. He did not specifically cancel performances at Colon. Nothing ever has, except for remodelling, when they put on performances in La Plata, instead, and many argentines, including several friends of mine, went to La Plata regularly on their Colon season tickets. But this government did not single out Colon, all venues are closed. Do they hate Jazz, and Film, and Punk Rock, too? Because those venues are all closed too.
That said- I dont KNOW that Colon will reopen- nobody does.
We certainly dont know what will happen nationally or globally.
How big will the pandemic get, especially in brazil and other south american countries?
How bad will the depression be, and how long will it last?
I am merely stating that the conservative politicians in Argentina have, traditionally, supported the arts and culture and education much less than the peronists and K.
So assuming we had a government, an economy, and living humans, the odds are that Colon will be considered a national treasure, and supported by the current administration, IF we ever come out the other side of this.