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Status of the artist in Lebanon
The situation, made even worse by the general current economic crisis, has recently forced one theatre after the other to close down. The “Al Madina” Theatre, founded immediately after the war ended, was a very dynamic and very active house, most of the time having between 25 to 50 events taking place every month. It was the same for the “Théâtre de Beyrouth”, inaugurated in 1966, and which had been flourishing since then. Both are now closed.
Unfortunately, most artists need to resort to a second form of gainful employment in order to make a living. Some are fortunate enough to find this second job in a related occupation, such as teaching in their field. Others conduct talk shows on various TV stations, some are in commerce, banking, etc. But many are totally jobless at any given time.
Source : International Theatre Institute, Lebanese Centre, December 2004.
Read the document on the social status of the Artist in Lebanon (PDF)
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