Theatre and Solidarity in Hungary in the Time of Coronavirus

Theatre and Solidarity in Hungary in the Time of Coronavirus

by Mária Ady, Hungarian Theatre Museum and Institute, Budapest

On the 11th of March, the Government of Hungary announces state of emergency with many restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus disease. Theatres close down and suspend their performances for an undefined time to protect their audience, workers and the society.

Theatre workers are among those directly and immediately affected by the economical consequences of the epidemy. The Government orders tax relief for employers and employees in the cultural sphere to protect jobs and incomes during the crisis, but the situation is still serious for many, as most theatre workers, including artists, technicians and administrative professionals, do not have permanent contract but work as self-employed.

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