Artist runs for Lord Mayor

Independent candidate in the by-election for Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Katie Sfetkidis will use her campaign to promote the arts and intersectional feminism.
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Independent Mayoral candidate Katie Sfetkidis. Photo credit: Marcel Feillafe.

While Melbourne mayoral candidate Katie Sfetkidis hopes to use her election campaign to promote the arts, she also intends to demonstrate how the arts sector is at the vanguard of cultural change in this country.

‘The arts [are] a place where serious political issues around diversity, equality, Aboriginal sovereignty, affordability and sustainability are being discussed every day in our communities and institutions,’ she said.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on 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 Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 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. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts