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Save Teatro Valle!

April 6, 2012


via Foundation Campaign Teatro Valle Bene Comune/ Valle Foundation of the Commons


“The role of the artist is to make revolution irresistible”

We are workers within the fields of art and knowledge. On June 14, 2011, we occupied the Teatro Valle, the oldest theater in Rome, to save it from privatization and to denounce the state of emergency of Italian culture and politics.

During these past seven months of the occupation of the Teatro Valle, we have been experimenting, pushing the limits of legality, to create an environment of participation and cultural production, which goes beyond the administrative governance and the logic of profit. On January 13, we entered a second delicate and passionate phase: the construction of a juridical, artistic, and economic device based on cooperation, on a participatory management and self governance, which would transform the struggle into a bottom-up and continuous act of creation. Through a widespread public shareholding campaign, we are collecting the necessary funds to realize a Foundation of the Commons.

This is a unique experiment, the outcome of which is not obvious, and we will need everyone to get involved: from the artists and intellectual workers, to the individual citizens from the networks that in these recent months have supported the practices of the Commons.

The Teatro Valle is a theater with a long European historical significance and relevance: through the future Foundation we would like to preserve the theater’s international nature, which we want now to be informed by all the groups, bodies and experiences of dissent that met on February 10, 2012, to continue this fight in pursuing our common path. If we win this battle, the Valle Foundation of the Commons will be the first European institution operating on a principle of self-governance. It could then serve as a model in different sectors, as an imprudent and risky experiment of creating a political laboratory for all.

We invite you to join us and get involved in this passionate struggle!


We would be happy to welcome you as a member. To support us please make a donation of min. 10€ to:




IBAN:  IT 28 F 05018 03200 000000558877



And then send an e-mail to with your name, date of birth, e-mail, phone number and the donation amount.

For more information please visit


For months, actors, directors and backstage technicians have turned Rome’s oldest theatre into a squat – and all because they want the show to go on

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