Culture and Tourism Ministry said that theater, opera and ballet performances in Turkey were excluded from provincial health boards' new measures against COVID-19. The ministry's statement came after widespread protest from artists for the inclusion of art performances in an earlier set of restrictions.
Since the end of the 90s, many Istanbul district municipalities have been holding free movie showings in open-air theaters in the summer. Could open-air movie theaters come back amid the COVID-19 pandemic?
Artists earlier fired by Turkish Culture Ministry going through tougher times amid COVID-19 outbreak
Serkan Alan reports: More than 350 artists and technicians employed by the state lost their jobs earlier this year. Those, who were able to work on new projects after they were fired, have not been able to continue as social life has come to a halt amid the coronavirus outbreak. Unions urge the government to grant their retroactive rights and let them return to their jobs.
Some 13 actors who were laid off from their jobs at the Istanbul Municipality City Theater were reinstated after three years and seven months. The actors were laid off during the state of emergency declared after the botched coup attempt of July 15, 2016 in an attempt to cleanse state institutions of supporters of U.S-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, Ankara's top suspect for the failed takeover.