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Opera Australia’s production, Aida, at the Arts Centre Melbourne. AAP Image/Luis Ascui

The limits of advocacy: arts sector told to stop worrying and be happy

Two reports — from think tank A New Approach and ex-Grattan Institute director John Daley — say Australian art and culture hasn’t advocated for itself effectively. But we need to try something new.
Bangarra Dance Theatre dancers Bradley Smith and Rika Hamaguchi perform during a Sydney Festival media call in January. Some festival shows were cancelled due to COVID clusters. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Has the government rescued the arts in this budget? There are some winners but not much has changed

The government needs to address the whole ecosystem of the arts, increasing funding to the Australia Council so individual artists and small organisations get adequate support.
Paul Fletcher, Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

What happens when your arts minister suffers from cultural cringe?

Arts Minister Paul Fletcher has taken aim at what he calls a ‘cosy club’ of arts elites. But his claim of ‘unprecedented’ arts funding and a push for greater fairness don’t add up.
The Bell Shakespeare Company – established with support from the Trust – had to end its touring season of Hamlet early due to coronavirus. Brett Boardman

The problem with arts funding in Australia goes right back to its inception

Public funding for the arts was not originally intended to be a permanent arrangement. But some economic fundamentals mean that it’s necessary.

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