Medinsky excludes introduction of arts councils in theaters

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At the same time, the Minister of Culture stressed that the state theaters performances should not provoke mass protests

The Ministry of Culture doesn`t plan to create arts councils to monitor the theaters` repertoires and the content of plays. This was announced by Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky at the closed meeting with heads of the leading Russian theaters.

According to the press service of the Ministry of Culture, the meeting was attended by Director General of the Bolshoi Theater Vladimir Urin, Director of Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theater Tatyana Arkhipova, Director of the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre Oleg Tabakov, Director of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre Vladimir Kekhman, Director of the Russian Academic Youth Theater Sophia Apfelbaum, Director of the Theater of Nations Maria Revyakina, and others.

"There will be no previews, artistic councils won`t be introduced - the freedom of artistic expression won`t be challenged," said Medinsky.

However, he noted that a theater director, with whom the Ministry concludes the contract, should be responsible for everything: "for the content and the quality of performances, for selling tickets, for the comfort of the theater spectators, for ensuring that the play doesn`t provoke mass protests."

According to Medinsky, the Ministry is now developing a new system of budget support to the theaters. By the end of the year, it will be have been discussed by the professional community. The Ministry is also willing to develop a unified system of computer tickets recording, which will help fight against dealers, the Minister said.

"Directors of the leading Russian theaters support the Ministry of Culture in enhancing the role of the theater directors in settling conflicts that concern creative activities, and are for the introduction of the state budget support system, which is expected to be developed by the end of the year," the press service of the Ministry of Culture reports.

It is not specified when exactly the Minister met with the theater workers.

At the beginning of April, the newspaper "Izvestia" reported that the Public Chamber proposed creating Arts Council under the Ministry of Culture, which would monitor the theaters` repertoires financed from the budget. According to the newspaper, the Ministry of Culture and the Presidential Administration supported the proposal. It was reported that the Ministry of Culture would have the right to monitor the repertoire of the budget theaters by means of the Arts Council.

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