Roberto Ciccarelli

The art of occupation

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The Teatro Valle, Rome's oldest theatre, has been occupied for six months by performers, technicians and directors in protest against arts cuts.

Ben Windsor spoke to Il Manifesto journalist Roberto Ciccarelli about the occupation

"The occupation was a response to the Berlusconi government's cuts to social spending - and in particular their cuts to cultural spending. Italian theatres have been devastated by this. For many theatres, including the Teatro Valle, this either meant closure or privatisation. In some cases, even privatised theatres were unable to make ends meet, and closed soon afterwards.

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