The price of arts funding

‘Arts organisations can sometimes demonstrate a strange naivety when asking for or accepting donations,’ writes Jo Caust.

The Sydney Festival opens today under a cloud. Several artists and arts organisations have withdrawn from the festival over the Israeli Embassy’s sponsorship of the dance work Decadance, by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin.

The crazy thing is the value of the sponsorship in question. A$20,000 is very small in the context of the festival’s overall budget.

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