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Artists Defy Funding Cuts Through Dance

Friday 22nd May / posted by Apple Bagios

Artists, directors, administrators and supporters of the arts in Australia are joining forces across the country in response to Minister for the Arts, George Brandis', plan to take just over a $100 million from the Australia Council for the Arts and transfer it to a proposed National Centre for Excellence in the Arts.

It’s a united call for action to #FreeTheArts.

Executive Director of The Blue Room TheatreKerry O'Sullivan, spoke to Kylie Sturgess on Artbeat about why taking a stand matters so much for the arts – nationwide and closer to home.

With more than $100 million shifted away from the Australia Council for the Arts, Australians for Artistic Freedom are calling on the Federal Government and Minister Brandis, to reverse all proposed cuts to the arts sector and to support a vibrant and independent arts sector in Australia.

Jacinda Woodhood is the Editor of Overland, a popular Australian literary journal, and RTRFM's Kylie Sturgess spoke to her about the issue on Artbeat.

Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company is Australia's leading Aboriginal theatre company – a name that means 'stand tall' in the Noongar language.

They’re standing tall behind the national call to action in response to Minister Brandis' plan to take just over a $100 million from the Australia Council and transfer it to a proposed National Centre for Excellence in the Arts.

Yirra Yakkin's Artistic Director, Kyle Morrison, joined Artbeat to tell RTRFM's Kylie Sturgess more about local efforts and what these funding cuts mean for art in WA.

Artbeat also spoke with contemporary dance choreographer/performer, Aimee Smith, and PICA Director, Amy Barrett-Lennard, about the issue.

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