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Can i have $30m too please?

March 26th, 2010 5 Comments

Was Cate Blanchett seriously asking for $30 million for the performing arts last week? The big splash is a common provocation but not necessarily one to always be taken literally. To be fair, Blanchett did more than just ask for money. She made a passionate speech defending the social and economic role of the arts […]

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Creators make culture not bureaucracies

August 31st, 2009 12 Comments

WHERE does culture actually come from? It’s a question that we don’t usually ask but it’s one with some major implications. We should ask it more often. Conversations with audiences, artists, creators and administrators have convinced me that our basic assumptions about culture are wrong. We mistake the major arts centres, theatres, festivals, galleries and […]

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