Prague culture wars

A series of protests by the Czech artists and intellectuals has been successful in changing the city’s cultural policy. Milan Richter, Councilor for Culture and Tourism, had the contentious idea of subsidizing the city’s theatres based upon the number of tickets they sell. But the system, introduced in November 2007, led to a minor rebellion in the Czech arts world. Non-commercial theatres, art galleries and others complained they would go out of business within months if starved of state grants. A petition followed signed by 30,000 people, public demonstrations and even a raucous sit in at Prague City Hall.
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