Tuesday, May 24

The cultural industry in demonstration against corona measures

Several representatives of the cultural industry demonstrated on Wednesday outside the Storting. They consider the corona measures disproportionate and unreasonable.

Cultural life demonstrated outside the Storting on Wednesday. Photo: Javad Parsa / NTB

The theater company Scenekvelder has taken the initiative for the demonstration.

– We live in cruel and dramatic times for the entire cultural industry. We are more or less deprived of both our livelihood and the public for the third time in 22 months, without being taken care of in a sufficiently good enough way. We can no longer accept this, it says in The Facebook event for the demonstration.

In a press release, Scenekvelder writes that they believe that there is no sufficient basis for the rule on number restrictions, nor are there support schemes that guarantee the sector.

– We are the first arenas to be closed down, and the last to be opened up, without there being an epidemiological basis that indicates that there is a greater risk of infection in us than in others. That’s enough now. We can no longer bear the burden of lack of health and hospital capacity in this country, says producer Karianne Jæger in Scenekvelder.

On Thursday, the government raised the number limit from 50 to 200 people, but that is not good enough, according to several in cultural life.

Minister of Culture Anette Trettebergstuen (Labor Party) has said NRK that she hopes to be able to increase the audience even more during the week, but has so far not followed up with anything concrete.

Jan Fredrik Karlsen was one of those who held an appeal during the demonstration in front of the Storting. Photo: Javad Parsa / NTB
– We live in cruel and dramatic times for the entire cultural industry, says Scenekvelder who has taken the initiative for the demonstration. Photo: Javad Parsa / NTB
A good number of people had turned up on Wednesday to mark opposition to what they believe are disproportionate and unreasonable corona measures. Photo: Javad Parsa / NTB


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