Artists converge on Canberra to #freethearts

Sector representatives from across the country will meet with the major political parties in a bid to reverse the recent AusCo cuts.
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Sixty arts sector representatives from across the country will converge on Canberra next Thursday 18 June as part of the national campaign to restore $104.8 million cut from the Australian Council budget by Minister for the Arts George Brandis QC in last month’s Federal budget.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend in 2017. In 2019 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021.

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