Defiance of Covid restrictions in the culture sector continues

Multiple theaters and museums in the Netherlands are protesting against the coronavirus measures that still have the cultural sector closed. About 70 Dutch theaters and concert halls will be converted into hair salons, massage studios, or beauty salons, where performances are also held for the Hair Salon Theater campaign. Several mayors announced that they do not give permission for the protest and will enforce the coronavirus rules.

In Hair Salon Thater, an initiative of Diederik Ebbinge and Sanne Wallis de Vries, customers are entertained by artists such as Jochem Myjer, Claudia de Breij, and Youp van ‘t Hek while they are getting a haircut or other treatment. This is because hairdressers were allowed to reopen this past weekend while the cultural sector remains closed. Participating theaters include the Parktheater in Eindhoven, Theater Orpheus in Apeldoorn, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

The mayor of the capital, Femke Halsema, warned the participating cultural institutions that they could expect a visit from enforcers if they open their doors on Wednesday. Nijmegen mayor Hubert Bruls, also the chairman of the Security Council of the mayors that chair the 25 security regions, made the same appeal. Utrecht, The Hague, and Eindhoven, among others, also said they would enforce the rules where necessary.

About 20 museums are offering a once-off sports lesson or other initiatives. For example, a hair salon is opening in the Van Gogh Museum, and the Groninger Museum is organizing a graffiti workshop as a gym lesson for the brain. The Fries Museum will serve as a yoga studio, just like the funeral museum Tot Zover. In addition to yoga, the Limburgs Museum also offers Zumba.     19th January 2022


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