Protesters fear Chris Dercon, formerly head of Tate Modern, will make avant garde Volksbühne theatre more commercial

Berlin’s legendary Volksbühne theatre has been occupied by a group of protesters objecting to a new director who they fear will push the famously radical venue in a more commercial direction.

The protest began on Friday and swelled over the weekend after fruitless negotiations between activists, city authorities and the new artistic director Chris Dercon, the former head of London’s Tate Modern.

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