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The 66th edition of the Mérida International Classical Theater Festival will be held from July 22 to August 23, as approved by the Festival Consortium Board of Trustees this Friday, which met in the Extremaduran capital, chaired Guillermo Fernández Vara, chairman.
With this more "smaller" edition (it goes from approximately the usual two months of programming to one) it is intended "to safeguard the public interest in the celebration of the event of this year 2020", as indicated by the regional administration in a statement, where he specified that there will be five representations held at the Roman Theater, two of them with co-productions by companies from Extremadura.
The Seville company Atalaya is also rehearsing, as EL MUNDO advanced this week, with the work Elecktra.25 being prepared , a tragedy starring actress Silvia Garzón.
Next Friday, the 12th, the full schedule will be announced along with the security and hygiene measures that will be carried out and have been approved by the Ministry of Health. Among them is the reduction in capacity, which could finally be established at 50% of seat occupancy (from 3,000 tickets at the box office to 1,500 at each performance). Initially, a festival was considered in which the capacity had been reduced to just 800 people. "The Festival will comply with all health regulations, both for the public and for workers ", the event itself has indicated today, adding that, in addition, the guide of good practices that has been prepared by the Ministry of Culture in relation to the restart of stage and music activity in Spain. The contest budget is pending its approval by the Governing Council of the Junta de Extremadura .
"People want to go out, to consume, to go to the theater," said the director of the Mérida Festival, Jesús Cimarro, a few days ago, finishing the details to be able to start the contest if he had the approval of Health. Today he added: "We are satisfied that this edition can be carried out because it will be one more step in returning culture to normal in our country."
The mayor of Mérida, Antonio Rodríguez Osuna, had opened the doors to the celebration with the possibility that the City Council would assume part of the deficit that originated , if it occurs, due to the reduction in programming and capacity. " We have a competitive advantage that no one has, that we have a theater that is outdoors and the hygienic-sanitary measures that can be implemented and exemplary in other places," said the first mayor last week, who warned that " It would not have occurred to anyone to propose the celebration of the Festival if we did not have an outdoor space like the one we have. " In fact, the Mérida Fair, which is held every year in late August, has been suspended.
The Mérida Theater Festival last year included nine shows (including an opera and two dance shows) in a program that lasted nine weeks, from June 27 to August 25, and which included more than a dozen activities Parallel cultural events, with conferences, exhibitions, parades, cinema ... For this edition, the Festival management has confirmed that it will maintain the extensions in Medellín, with three productions: Regina , with a show belonging to an Extremaduran company; and Cáparra , with four representations.
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