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Following the Government announcement on 23 February, the Town Hall and Black Box Theatres remain closed to the public. Read our full COVID update

Dec 10 2020

Why are theatres still closed, while cinemas and galleries re-open?

LAST WEEK, as retailers, restaurateurs, beauty, health and fitness businesses began to resume at the new Level 3, theatre spaces around Ireland remained closed, causing confusion and dismay among the arts sector.

Galway particularly, home to some of the country’s most vibrant festivals and cultural producers, will be massively affected in 2021 by the lack of performance spaces.

As the State prepared to emerge from Level 5 restrictions, the National Campaign for the Arts, and stakeholders in the industry, took to social media to express their disappointment. The decision to have a blanket closure of all theatre spaces nationally, from The Abbey to the Mick Lally, despite venues such as cinemas and galleries remaining open, has caused bafflement and distress among artists, venue directors, and those who wish to see the arts remain a building block of our future. Many have had questions as to why theatre spaces - comparatively similar in size to galleries, museums, and cinemas - are being forced to remain closed.

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