South Australians to rally against $8.5m in cuts

A public rally to oppose predicted cuts to the arts budget will be held in Adelaide on Tuesday.
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Arts industry figures in South Australia fear up to $8.5 million will be cut from the state’s arts budget in the forthcoming 2016-17 budget.

The Adelaide Festival alone is expected to lose $1 million from its budget, with other organisations fearing deep cuts.

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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