A new public right to entertainment?

Head: Antonella Sau

Year 2018

With the adoption of Law no. 220 of 14 November 2016 on the "Rules for cinema and audiovisual media" and Law no. 175 of 22 November 2017 on "Provisions on the subject of entertainment and delegation to the Government for the reorganization of the sector", the Italian parliament, after a long silence, which in the case of live entertainment would be better defined in terms of real inertia, seems to have laid the foundations for a comprehensive reform of public law on entertainment that concerns not only principles, rules and forms of public intervention in the promotion of cultural activities, but which also deeply affects the public organization of the sector, a short time after, among other things, the reorganization of the central administration of the sector that took place between 2014 and 2017, the dynamics between public and private, the relationship with communities and local governments and even public control over the exercise of freedom of artistic expression as evidenced by the overcoming of film censorship.