Press release - Quebec Theatre launches a new season in spite of severe financial risks
10 août 2020
Conseil québécoise du théâtre – (CQT) August 10, 2020
For immediate release
Quebec Theatre launches a new season in spite of severe financial risks
Montreal, August 10, 2020
— The Conseil québécois du théâtre (CQT) applauds the tenacity and boldness of the many theatre institutions in Montreal, Quebec City, and throughout Quebec who are preparing to unveil the contents of their respective fall programming in the coming days. These re-openings are courageous and inspiring gestures that deserve to be highlighted. Indeed, after a long period of absence, the public, artists, artisans and producing companies are recouping their raison d'être: that of meeting people.
While the reintegration with the public will happen according to the rules issued by the Public Health Authorities, this process entails major financial risks for the producing companies and their presenters. Says Anne Trudel, President of the CQT, "The emergency measures implemented by Ottawa and Quebec City since last April have met the most pressing needs. But the situation is far from being resolved for our community, where instability is becoming increasingly prevalent and where many workers, the vast majority of whom are freelancers, will not be able to carry out their work this season."
The CQT is very active, and the governments are receptive
It is in this spirit that the CQT and its strategic planning committee remained active throughout the summer, continuing to work closely with the offices of the Minister of Culture and Communications and the Minister of Canadian Heritage. The CQT is pleased to hear the clear-cut willingness of the provincial and federal governments to jointly find structuring measures that will alleviate the daunting financial stress involved in the resumption of theatre activities. The entire community, both individuals and large institutions, remains alert to upcoming announcements from government stakeholders. The CQT hopes that positive and visionary actions will be taken by the governments, which will allow theatres and producing companies to bring as many people as possible back to work quickly.
Before wishing all artists and craftspeople as well as all audiences - children, teenagers and adults - a successful and essential theatrical re-opening this fall, the CQT reiterates its commitment to the entire community to do everything possible to ensure that the impacts of this crisis are the least harmful possible. "The art of theatre is a flagship of Quebec culture and a uniquely rich social breeding ground. It is essential to preserve this ecosystem and to propel it confidently into a fruitful and productive future," Ms. Trudel concluded.
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The Conseil québécois du théâtre (CQT) is a group that brings together and represents professional theatre practitioners and organizations in Quebec to promote the development and outreach of the theatrical arts in all their diversity. The CQT is a political force and a well-known forum that allows the Quebec theatre world and its artisans to use it to express the challenges of their artistic practice and the issues of the future.