Private performance stages, especially for theatre, are particularly rare in Albania and time has shown that every entrepreneur that decided to give rise to a space dedicated to the arts, has been faced with extensive costs and forced to be put out of business.
Two theatres, Roland Trebicka’s launched in 2019, and the Kame Theatre built in 2005, were both closed due to a lack of theatrical plays.
“These are efforts that are unfortunately doomed to fail. I haven’t been granted any financial support in order to turn this into a sustainable enterprise,”- said Andi Tepelena, curator and representative of the Independent Cultural Scene (CIS).
According to Tepelena, the existence of private theatres is absolutely necessary, because it gives rise to competition and hence the quality of shows.
“Above all else, competition is good for any kind of art form,” – he added.
When it comes to private art galleries, their fate doesn’t seem to match that of the private theatres. Many of them have become important art spaces for exhibitions and shows.
One of the reasons, says Tepelena, is that the cost to set up an exhibition is much lower than the cost of bringing to the stage an entire set for a theatre play, which needs a much bigger budget that can cover for the cost of its set design, costumes, special effects, including salaries for cast members and the large group working behind the scenes.