marcus westbury

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Artists and gentrification: property v possibility?

June 23rd, 2010 4 Comments

ARE rising property prices a threat to cultural diversity? How do we keep artist and creative communities living and working in our cities as rising property prices threaten to slowly push them out? Later this week, various venues around Fitzroy will host an “anti-gentrification festival” hosted by the “radical craft group” Craft Cartel. Their aim, […]

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Killing culture with mad beuracracy

February 18th, 2010 2 Comments

HOW often does it have to happen? How many times has government – in order to solve one problem such as late-night violence and antisocial behaviour in notorious nightclub zones – implemented a crackdown that inadvertently sideswipes a whole range of people who had nothing to do with the problem in the first place? Call […]

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Draconian Liscensing Laws Threaten Melbourne’s Arts Scene

January 21st, 2010 8 Comments

[Note: I am catching up with posting bits and pieces of writing that have not yet been posted here. This was actually published in The Age last November – preempting the recent events at The Tote and The Arthouse. Umm, told you so?] MELBOURNE does the small scale better than any other Australian city – […]

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