Festivals and events cancelled across the country

As Victoria declares a state of emergency, festivals and organisations across the nation are cancelling and postponing their programming – with widespread ramifications for casual arts workers.

Major cultural institutions across Victoria have announced their temporary closure from today (Monday 16 March) in a bid to reduce the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

The move follows the cancellation of festivals and events across the country including Vivid Live, Dark Mofo, and Opera Australia’s Sydney season.

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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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