ETC pledges its support to ETC member Folkteatern Göteborg, which is facing closure because of a huge increase in rent

ETC Member Theatre Folkteatern in Göteborg, Sweden, is at risk of closure because of an aggressive increase in rent payments. Join the campaign to help us keep the theatre alive!

Swedish media have reported that the owner of the property wants to double the rent, which Folkteatern cannot pay. The theatre has 70 years of history, GP writes, which could disappear.

Eight theatre directors have written a letter supporting the theatre, saying that if it closes "the district will lose a major and important artistic activity" and "the people of Gothenburg will be poorer".

ETC has also published an open letter to support the theatre and demand to the Folkteatern Göteborg landlord and the Folkets Hus (People’s House) Göteborg that rent negotiations will not jeopardize the theatre's existence, but are dealt with in a fair way, enabling all parties’ interests to be considered for the larger benefit of the common good. 

The letter is now co-signed by: 

  • Galab Bochukov, Artistic Director, Theatre & Music Centre Kardjali, Bulgaria
  • Roumi Nikolaeva, Expert in European projects, Theatre & Music Centre Kardjali, Bulgaria
  • Björn Sandmark, CEO, Göteborgs Stadsteater, Sweden
  • Robert Pienz, Artistic Director, Schauspielhaus Salzburg/Austria
  • Jérôme Junod, Head Dramaturge, Schauspielhaus Salzburg/Austria
  • Marietheres Mader, Project Manager, Schauspielhaus Salzburg/Austria
  • Tabea Baumann, Dramaturge, Schauspielhaus Salzburg/Austria
  • Maja Gödicke, Göteborg/Sweden
  • Lisa Fritzell, Horse & Hound Mgmt AB, Göteborg/Sweden
  • Joel Ighe, Horse & Hound Mgmt AB Göteborg/Sweden
  • Isabella Lööf
  • Maja Haak
  • Mathilda Läckberg Holmquist
  • Karin Swahn, Citizen, Göteborg/Sweden
  • Morten Nesje, Brännö/Sweden
  • Helena Baude, Göteborg/Sweden
  • Joachim Klement, Artistic Director, Staatsschauspiel Dresden/Germany

You can read it below and write to us to co-sign it:

Open Letter of Support for Folkteatern Göteborg


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