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Private theatres in Hamburg to get rise in funds

Another EUR 1.8 million available - Cultural Authority allocates funds according to new formula

Hamburg’s Parliament and Senate have agreed to raise funds for private theatres from EUR 8.6 million by EUR 1.8 million bringing the total to EUR 10.4 million from 2017 and to increase funding by 1.5 per cent from 2018, according to an announcement on Thursday (January 26). The Cultural Authority is allocating the funds following recommendations by independent experts who evaluated the funding in 2016 on behalf of the authority.

More planning security

Dr. Carsten Brosda, State Councillor for Culture, said: “The diverse and very renowned private theatre scene in our city is an important and essential facet of Hamburg as a cultural centre. Noticeably higher funding for private theatres from 2017 indicates the city’s clear commitment to private theatre, committed teams and great staff. The annual 1.5 per cent increase in funds effective from 2018 will give private theatres more planning security and allow them to continue their successful work and develop their varied programmes.”

Increased mediation efforts

Last year, the independent experts recommended raising funds for private theatres by EUR 2.7 million. However, the total sum could not be allocated in the budget. The agreed increase is the result of intense talks between factions and private theatres. The Cultural Authority has allocated the funds according to a new formula which takes account of increased costs for personnel and mediation efforts for children and youths.

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