BELGRADE (Reuters) – While lockdown measures have eased in Serbia, allowing indoor gatherings of up to 500 people and a soccer match attended by around 20,000, the country’s theaters remain closed and some performers complain that culture is being demoted.
They say that at a time of crisis, the government has failed to back the country’s arts.
“Theaters never closed … not even during the Spanish flu (pandemic) or plague or cholera,” said Dusanka Glid, a lead actress at the National Theatre, which is based in the capital Belgrade.
“It is as if they are being abolished, as if they are redundant,” she told Reuters.
Serbia has reported 12,522 cases of the coronavirus and 257 deaths.
In restaurants and cafes around the city, life is returning to normal as people sip coffee and chat.
Most stage actors, meanwhile, remain out of work and out of pocket.
As part of Serbia’s 5.1 billion euro ($5.73 billion) recovery program, independent artists received a one-off financial…
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