This year's ECF Princess Margriet Award laureate Teatro Valle Bene Comune (Teatro Valle Occupato) is in danger!
Having been invited by the City of Rome's cultural commission and the City's cultural department to a meeting to discuss the end of the continuing illegal status of the theatre, Teatro Valle Occupato entered into the meeting with a proposal for a transition to a new model for the next three years based on an open and transparent process involving the City, the Teatro di Roma and the 5600 members of the Fondazione Bene Comune (the Foundation for the Commons). There was, however, no room for dialogue granted during these discussions and the Teatro Valle Occupato have been given an ultimatum to leave Rome's oldest theatre by Thursday 31 July 2014.
A press conference took place today at noon and a public assembly will follow at 17:00 in Teatro Valle.
An international call to protect the Teatro Valle Bene Comune has also been launched. You can also joing and sign the petition.
This is the full statement given by the Teatro Valle and the letter of intent signed by Paolo Berdini (author on Urbanism), Massimo Bray (former Italian Minister of Culture) , Paolo Maddalena (Lawyer and Magistrate at the Constitutional Court), Ugo Mattei (Professor of International and Comparative Law), Tomaso Montanari (art historian, journalist and blogger) and Salvatore Settis (President, Scientific Committee of the Louvre Museum) who all urge and vouch for the correct and open process during this transition phase.
Teatro Valle Occupato received this year's ECF Princess Margriet Award. The European Cultural Foundation extends full solidarity to the Teatro Valle Occupato and its Foundation for the Commons. The engagement of many of Rome's citizens and cultural workers legitimised the theatre as a common cultural resource, and as one of the most remarkable example of bottom-up involvement in culture in Italy and Europe today.