After seven months of closure due to the ongoing pandemic of Covid-19, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy is set to reopen its theatre halls (National Theatre Hall, Experimental Theatre Hall and Studio Theatre Hall) from Oct 23 with one-third seating capacity and following a set of health directives.
To compensate for the huge financial loss that the theatre industry is facing due to the pandemic shutdown, Shilpakala Academy also decided that it will make the venues available to theatre troupes free of cost. Primarily, the halls will remain open only on Fridays and Saturdays.
A meeting was recently held between Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation at the academy regarding reopening theatre venues, where the decision of reopening was finalized. Presided over by BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky, the meeting was also joined by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation's secretary-general Kamal Bayazid and other members of the federation.
The rehearsal rooms in BSA are also scheduled to open for the troops to rehearse after Oct 15, local media reported.