The Ministry of Culture, Tourism, Youth, and Sports, through the Center for Performing Arts and Music (CEMART), continues the plenary meetings of the Extremadura Theater Network and encourages debate to promote the necessary changes in the sector. A large part of the 51 representatives of each of the performing spaces that are part of the Theater Network met this week within the framework of the Iberian Exhibition of Performing Arts, which took place in Cáceres.
The director of CEMART, Antonio Marín, who presided over the plenary session, emphasized the importance of continuing these meetings since the last one took place more than a year ago. During the course of the plenary session, after the first round of presentations by all the people who are part of the network, a representative of Red Escena, the Spanish network of theaters, auditoriums, circuits, and festivals, intervened, which identified issues with participants, which is beneficial to network members.
Subsequently, two theater associations and a circus association in Extremadura were given a voice, emphasizing the need to treat this discipline in the same way as theater. Those in the theater, for their part, emphasized the need for changes in the sector. At this point, Antonio Marín explained that CEMART is working to present in the second half of 2024 a digital tool that facilitates the search for shows in the current catalog of the Theater Network, which consists of more than 1,400 suggestions. “Currently, the catalog is sent in a PDF, and the selection of the shows involves a very difficult process. We will create a tool to filter the works by theme and price.
This is an excellent tool for programmers and for companies,” Marín added. CEMART is already working on changing the regulatory framework under which the theater network is currently governed. “Our intention is to change it in 2025, and for that, we are currently in the listening process. We ask the sector to tell us how we can improve these regulatory bases,” explained Marín. Companies, distributors, programmers, and the city council have until December 10 to submit their proposals for improving the Center for the Performing Arts and Music.
The Network of Theaters and other performing spaces in Extremadura is a program of cultural action and collaboration, coordinated by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, Youth, and Sports, with the aim of optimizing the available resources and ensuring strong and quality arts programming, visual and musical, in Extremadura. The network consists of public performance areas throughout the region. Currently, 50 locations and 51 performing spaces are part of it, with a capacity of 17,463 seats, according to the Observatory of Culture of Extremadura.