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April 20, 2021
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Red dot closes theatres

Nottara Theatre has canceled all its performances at its headquarters located on Bucharest’s most famous boulevard, Magheru. The decision came as a result of the application of the recently promulgated law that forbids any activity in buildings presenting high seismic risks.
“The theatre has not closed, we have simply canceled our activities, which means that we are not performing at this point. Yet, our administrative activity continues. According to the law, that sets no deadline, which means, juridically, that it has immediate applicability. So we subdued to the laws but we are struggling to continue our work and we will survive, I am confident”, Marinela Tepus declared for Agerpres.
She explained the necessity of this approach by the fact that, in case the building of the theatre would have continued to host performances and the Mayoralty would have organized an audit, the approval of operation would have been lost.

Tepus mentioned that there were demands filed to the Mayoralty of Bucharest to seek a new space, and one of the targeted locations was the old headquarters of ArCuB.
For the persons who have purchased in a timely manner the tickets for the performances of the Nottara, they may be returned and the money will be refunded by the Ticket Agency of the institution, on Magheru Boulevard.


Other locations were requested for performances

The Very Little Theatre in Bucharest was also forced to stop its artistic activity for the same reason.
“The decision was reached after Law no. 282 of November 18, 2015 was destined to change and complete the Government Ordinance no. 20/1994 on measures for reducing the seismic risks of existing buildings was published in the Official Monitor”, a press release issued by the institution announced.
Very Little Theatre manager Mihai Dinvale declared that “he had applied the requirements of the law” that stipulate the fact that no activities that imply gatherings of persons, such as performance or exhibition halls, may be organized in buildings presenting high seismic risks.
“We have a seismic risk rank of 1 – the highest in the scale, editor’s note – so, to put it short, we ceased our activity”, Mihai Dinvale declared for Agerpres. He mentioned that, after the closing of the Very Little Theatre was established, he sent to the Mayoralty of Bucharest a request for an adequate location for rehearsals and performances.
The building that hosts the Very Little Theatre is on the list of technically expertised buildinfs included in the highest rank – 1 – of seismic risk, which presents public danger.
As far as viewers who had purchased tickets to the performances due this week, organizers announced that the money will be refunded.

President Klaus Iohannis promulgated on November 18 the law stipulating that all activities that imply gatherings of persons, such as performance or exhibition halls, are forbidden to be organized in buildings presenting high seismic risks, or in buildings undergoing intervention works destined to increase the safety level in case of earthquakes.

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