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Albania/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.2 Performing arts and music

After two laws that were never implemented (Law on Theatre of 2000 and Law on Performing Arts of 2006, which abolished the latter), on 18 November 18, 2010, the Parliament passed a third Law that abolished the second Law of 2006. Law no. 10352, on Arts and Culture, will now cover performing arts, music and circus. Though it has no specific provisions on fine arts, museums and galleries and book publishing, it will impact those areas too, since almost all art projects that were eligible for grants from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture will now have to apply to the National Centre of Arts (NCA). Some controversy was raised as critics and sceptics said the new National Centre of Arts will have a very limited budget, since the Ministry will simply cut off a part of its budget and transfer it to the new institution. Others doubt the Ministry will ever implement the new Law, since it did not implement the previous ones. Another hot topic was the composition of NCA boards. Critics say it is unconstitutional and undemocratic to have boards fully appointed by the Minister of Culture. They claim the democratically elected boards of the National Film Centre should have been considered as good practice, set by the Law on Cinema of 1996.

However, the Law requires the establishment of a new national theatre, namely the National Comedy Theatre that will put and end to the monopoly of the National Theatre. 

Chapter published: 18-01-2011

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