Armenian Theatre to be renovated only after its Director changes, Georgian ruling party member says

Gita Elibekyan

The Petros Adamian Tbilisi State Armenian Drama Theatre is badly in need of repair. Although no performances are staged at the theatre today, their actors go on tours in different cities of Georgia.

“We mostly visit Samtskhe-Javakhk. We have visited all Armenian-populated villages. That means the theatre works. The sooner the building is reconstructed, the better,” Director of the Theatre Armen Bayanduryan said.

The Director said they are going to apply to the new Government, asking to assume the reconstruction of the building.

Member of Bidzina Ivanishvili’s party Goga Elibekov told “Radiolur” that the Prime Minister is aware of the issue and is ready to provide money for the reconstruction of the theatre. Elibekov is sure, however, that this will take place only after the Director of the theatre changes.

It’s worth mentioning that even before entering politics Ivanishvili provided sums to a number of cultural establishments, including the Armenian Drama Theatre.

Today the attention is focused on the change of the leadership of the theatre rather than its reconstruction.

Armen Bayanduryan says issues of the theatre cannot be addressed by people far from arts. Besides, the theatre belongs to the Georgian Ministry of Culture, he added.

”We must always remember that politics and theater are different things,” he said.

The Petros Adamian Tbilisi State Armenian Drama Theatre has a history of 156 years. It is the only state theatre in the world, which functions outside Armenia. Armen Bayanduryan has headed the theatre for more than ten years.

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