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Ivri Lider: "The great achievement - opening the shows", Asi Levy: "It's a mockery of Rash"
Musician Ivri Lider, who was present at the artists' meeting with Netanyahu, told Walla! Culture that the decision to approve outdoor performances "is a good thing. It's more than it was before the meeting." Habima CEO: "It does not satisfy the theaters, but it is good that they listened to the artists." Asi Levy: "This is an arbitrary decision."Tags
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Sagi Ben NunSunday, 09 August 2020, 20:50
"The great achievement of our meeting, the artists, with Prime Minister Netanyahu is the opening of performances in the open air" - he said (Sunday) to Walla! Culture musician Ivri Lider, who attended the artists' meeting with the prime minister in an attempt to resolve the cultural industry crisis caused by the spread of the corona virus. "We came to speak on behalf of all the 200,000 people who do not work for a long time and feel great difficulty," Lider added. "We first came to put the situation firmly on the table, and very clearly to make the voices of the artists and the hall owners, face to face. The achievement that has been achieved is much more than it was before this meeting. It is a good thing that has happened."
What requests did you make and were not answered in the affirmative?
"The opening of the closed spaces, the theaters, including the Cameri, Habima and the Be'er Sheva Theater, the Hall of Culture, they will not be able to open tomorrow. .
Moshe Kaftan, Habima's artistic director, wrote today before your meeting with Netanyahu: "Today or tomorrow they will probably publish an outline, but don't let that confuse you ... displaying on the grass or in public gardens or in an urban square is not returning culture to routine." .
Leader: "We are not talking about grass and public gardens. These are places where we perform. It brings back some of the culture and I thank it. The extremism is not good. My sister works in the chamber. I think something very significant has happened. I think it has been agreed to talk about the most professional ways to open The theater, too. "
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The fact that most of the artists who attended the meeting are identified with the right and are not the ones who are portrayed as turning tables in front of the prime minister - more of an affinity or a benefit?
"It was an apolitical meeting. I didn't think about it myself. I also don't look at people like that and I don't know what their political views are."
Do you think the demonstrations should continue?
"I am not responsible for the demonstrations, nor the head of the struggle, but only an artist"
Producer Guy Besser, one of the owners of Bluestone Live Nation Israel, was also present at the meeting with the Prime Minister and was one of the significant forces pushing for the proposed solution. "In the conversation I presented to the Prime Minister a very clear outline, which speaks of capsules of up to 20 people in open spaces with no limit on the number of capsules. The Prime Minister saw the outline and told me he really liked it. At that moment he instructed the Minister of Health to sit with Prof. Grotto "Tomorrow morning, this outline will be approved immediately. We have to be provided with an opening outline for the closed halls by September 1. This is not a decision yet, but with the prime minister, culture minister and health minister sitting in one room, I want to believe we are not being worked on."
"At the meeting they talked about the heavy mental difficulty of the artists, talked about the lack of a cultural audience. The prime minister said he sees the sadness in the artists' eyes and recognizes the difficulty. It was important to hear that he identifies with the cultural world. It is a global epidemic, no one expected to leave the meeting. "With permission to bring in 'Ganz & Roses' next month, we are doing it gradually. As far as we are concerned, it is already possible to publish performances by thousands of people next week."
Unlike Leader, there were those who were less enthusiastic about Netanyahu's decision. Actress Assi Levy, who came to the demonstration in front of the house of Defense Minister Bnei Gantz, told Walla! Culture in response to the decision: "From a theater point of view, this is not a line - it is a mockery of Rash. To hold outdoor theater performances is an arbitrary decision that I do not think is feasible. I do not assume that the government will give theaters a budget." The stage. I do not understand this decision. It can not fit the theater, it is an arbitrary decision, who will pay the money for it? We are not a musical show.
"I came to a demonstration in front of Bnei Gantz's house with other cultural figures, and we said that culture should be opened and not Let her die. One has to make a decision and make the move. We are the heart of the country and when everyone is in pain they cling to us, we will calm down and make them happy. Ask them to open us up. It is impossible for gyms and pools to open and we are sitting on the sidelines. "
Habima CEO Noam Semel added in a conversation with Walla! Culture: "Outdoor performances with capsules - it does not provide either the stage, the opera or the Philharmonic. We can not prepare so quickly. However, I am glad there was a listening. A two-and-a-half hour session with the cultural world I do not think there was "Ever in Israel. If the morbidity drops even a little, there will be an outline for the closed halls as well. There are a thousand halls all over the country."
The manager of the Barbie Club, Shaul Mizrahi, did not sound enthusiastic either, to say the least. In a conversation with Walla Tarbut, he declared - "They did not worry about the closed places because all the activists who sat at the sewers and the corps did not have access to the cultural halls and the closed places. It's strange to me that two weeks ago he appointed a projector, who is supposed to be responsible for what is and what is not, and bring an orderly plan. And now, after a meeting with Yehoram Gaon and Ivri Lider, they make a populist decision. We will wait until the end. This outline would be good for a private entrepreneur, depending on the number of people. And that's it. If we're in a position to say yes to artists and producers in a meeting to open immediately - then we're probably going to the polls. After all, nobody cared for more than five months. "She doesn't understand from her life. Hell will start now because of populist decisions. And there is no projector who makes decisions."Demonstration of the world of culture in front of Ganz's home (Photo: Reuven Castro)