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02.11.2020

#AlarmstufeRot (Red Alert) – Munich’s Stages Protest

#AlarmstufeRot (Red Alert) – Munich’s Stages Protest Gasteig München GmbH

From 2 November to, as things stand, 30 November, the Bavarian State Government has once again ordered the closure of all stages. Following the joint open letter from their executive directors to prime minister Markus Söder, the stages are now once again joining forces to make a stand.

Throughout the closure, the Bavarian State Opera, the Residenz Theatre, the Gasteig, the Gärtnerplatz Theatre, the Prinzregententheater, the Staatstheater Augsburg and Deutsches Theater will be lit up in red from 4:30 PM to 10 PM.

Under the hashtag #AlarmstufeRot, this statement aims to draw attention to the special situation of those working in the arts and culture sector. The fact that comprehensive hygiene concepts have been developed and put into practice has not been taken into account in the government’s decision. Likewise has the fact that cultural institutions are more than just leisure facilities been ignored. The ensembles of the participating theatres have stated this in an open letter: »To react creatively to the social situation and offer food for thought is our art. An art that can and must provide support in these times.«

Initiated by the Munich Philharmonic, the #SangUndKlanglos initiative also took place on Monday, November 2nd, in order to draw the government and public’s attention to the plight of cultural workers. At 8 p.m., the Munich Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian State Opera, the Staatskapelle Berlin and many other orchestras took part in the concert, but they did not make music, leaving instead after about 20 minutes of silence. Video

With #SangUndKlanglos, cultural institutions and creatives as well as the art events industry in Germany are silently raising their voice under the banner of #AlarmstufeRot. The alarmstuferot.org website’s will gather all participants’ contributions that are posted, shared and published under the two hashtags on its social media wall.

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