This week’s arts news and trending topics

Our regular Friday round-up of the week’s most read arts news, reviews and features, so you can catch up on what you missed.

From ticket sales during the cost of living crises to funding woes and new theatre initiatives, here’s our regular Friday wrap of the week’s most-read stories.

Why did this multi-arts organisation lose its federal arts funding?
Brisbane staple Metro Arts was unsuccessful in securing four-year funding from Creative Australia, impacting the lives of many artists.

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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