The Greens will today join the South Australian arts community rally on the Parliament House steps to protest state budget arts funding cuts.
“The $1 million dollar cut already inflicted on the next Adelaide Festival program will directly hurt that Festival's cultural offering, but will also harm tourism” Tammy Franks MLC, Greens Arts spokesperson, said.
“The Brandis/Fifield federal cuts have delivered a body blow to the arts sector and these Snelling cuts will be a dirty kick in the guts while the sector is down.
"With significant cuts to funding, the vibrancy our government so often rightly celebrates will suffer, and so too will our artists and arts communities.
"South Australian Arts organisations are now under threat of having millions more dollars ripped out of already lean budgets, putting our state’s rich cultural ecology at risk.
"The cuts are bad for our culture, but they are also bad for our cash flow. The Greens understand the economic value of the arts industry goes well beyond box office sales, driving other economic factors such as tourism and employment in related fields.
"These cuts will slowly poison the well of our cultural richness, taking even more tourism dollars away to fund the funeral” Ms Franks concluded.
The Greens will join the rally organised by The Arts Industry Council of South Australia (AICSA) on Tuesday, 19 April at 12pm and we welcome you to stand with us to change the script.