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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R FM, a program he has hosted since 2004.
Richard currently serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management, and is also a former Chair of Melbourne Fringe. The founder of the Emerging Writers' Festival, he has also served as President of the Green Room Awards Association and as a member of the Green Room's Independent Theatre panel.
Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend in 2017. Most recently he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize for 2019.
South Australia and the ACT have announced new measures to assist the sector during the COVID-19 emergency, while QLD has rolled out a second round of support programs.
After five festivals, Mitchell has moved onto new challenges. Just before he left, he spoke with ArtsHub about the highs and lows of his time in the role.
If you can balance strategy, business and networking with creative inspiration, then working as an artistic director might be the job for you. Shaun Parker explains.
The Federal Government has thrown the sector a lifeline, but more needs to be done if the cultural industries are to survive.
The chaos caused by the cancellation of performances and closure of venues during the COVID-19 pandemic has caused enormous stress for gig economy workers, freelancers, and those working contract to contract.
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