ITALIAN THEATRE IN QUARANTINE AS SEEN BY HYSTRIO JOURNAL
The Italian theatre journal Hystrio wanted to celebrate 30 years since its foundation in this year’s second issue, yet it could not avoid reflecting the current extraordinary situation in theatres.
The article depicts reactions from small independent theatres, virtual projects, dance activities, and various types of help, such as the campaign #iosonomecenate (#Iamthepatron), the project “buy today, watch tomorrow”, or the tool of the Italian Ministry of Culture ArtBonus, which allows deducting the donations from the taxes.
Apart from the special set of measures and specific ways to help culture and tourism, the Ministry of Culture in Italy has created many campaigns: #iorestoacasa (#istayathome) on the YouTube channel, with short videos shot in cultural sights and institutions. It also launched the website La cultura non si ferma! (Culture won’t Stop!), which maps online activities in regions in five areas – museums, books, film, music, education, and theatre. It also participates in the campaign #ioleggoacasa (#ireadathome) with some of the museums making available rare and unavailable issues of popular comic books.
The summary was written by Tereza Sieglová, the Italian and theatre researcher