Commercial theater at the Alhamra Art Centre might soon be banned, said Pakistan’s Secretary Information and Culture Raja Jahangir.
Pakistan’s Secretary Information and Culture Raja Jahangir said:
“The Lahore Arts Council, where the commercial and other theater takes place, is not ‘meant for commercial activities’ and that this issue will be discussed at the next LAC board of governors (BoG) meeting in January next year. Lahore Arts Council will be inviting cultural bodies and theatre groups to stage plays by operating on a ‘break-even’ model. The government does not want to rent out the halls of Alhamra for merely money but it wants qualitative and socially meaningful theatre performed under the umbrella of the council. The curtain had already fallen on commercial theatre at the Punjab Institute of Language Art and Culture (Pilac) and hopes the LAC will follow suit.”
Pakistan’s Secretary Information and Culture Raja Jahangir also said that he hoped this would also put an end to more substandard commercial productions.