Turkey's Future State (of) Theatre

Pieter Verstraete*

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    With the inauguration of the presidential system in Turkey, theatre as an institution is at a historical crossroads. By 15 July 2018, just before the controversial emergency law was lifted, two decrees restricting the autonomy of artists working at state theatres, operas and ballets were issued. The first decree replaces a law from 1949 which secures autonomy over budgeting and programming.1 The second places all state theatres under direct control of the president. During the summer, the institutions were temporarily closed until they were harmonized with the new political system. With this structural change, a lengthier political process of shifting powers and centralization is being consolidated. But there has also been a more fundamental epistemological shift going on in Turkey's ideological consciousness, which is deeply rooted in a history of the public sector and of state institutionalism
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)299-304
    Number of pages6
    JournalTheatre Research International
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Oct-2019


    • cultural policy
    • state theatre
    • cultural institutions
    • Turkey
    • communalism

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