Cairns Arts Community Unites for Senate Hearing
Immediate release 13 October, 2015
Cairns arts organisations come together with one voice to bring Senate Inquiry to Cairns
A number of key arts organisations in Cairns have successfully lobbied the Senate Inquiry hearings into the Arts to come to Cairns. The inquiry is focusing on the impact the major cuts to the Australia Council, the federal arts funding and advisory body, will have on arts organizations, particularly those based in the regions.
Originally, the hearings were only going to be in major capital cities.
However, JUTE Theatre Company, Savvy Arts, The Young Company, Arts Nexus and IACA, successfully lobbied for hearings to be held here in Cairns.
The above organisations will be given the chance to speak at the hearings on October 27, 2015 to let the inquiry know how the funding cuts will affect arts and culture in far north Queensland.
Gill Townsend, Chair of JUTE Theatre Company, says the hearings are important on a number of levels. “We need our own voice in the regions. We need to let those in the capitals know there is a difference between only having outside tours come into Cairns and having a balance of our own cultural stories as well.
“These hearings in Cairns show that organizations can successfully be heard if they come together as one voice. This hearing would not have happened had we not all come together, with Eve’s help, to make it happen,” says Gill.
For further information:
JUTE: Theatre Company 0404 483828