Palestinian creatives call out festival

Palestinians and allies are withdrawing from the 2022 Sydney Festival over a partnership with the Israel Embassy.
A red flag waves in the dark with several hands raised

Recently the Sydney Festival has come under fire for accepting a $20,000 partnership with the Israeli Embassy in Canberra. The funds are to be used to stage Decadence by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin at the Sydney Opera House at the 2022 Festival in January.

On 16 December the Palestine Justice Movement Sydney initiated a campaign on The Action Network, calling for the Sydney Festival to ‘reject complicity with Israeli apartheid’. The campaign has gathered 2,916 letters of support sent to Sydney Festival’s board at the time of writing.

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Celina Lei is an Arts Writer at ArtsHub. She acquired her masters in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Prior to joining ArtsHub, she was an editorial assistant at the Hong Kong based ArtAsiaPacific magazine and is an art host on independent Instagram platform Club Ambroise. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne, Victoria. Instagram: @lleizy_