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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.
The total investment for arts and cultural development in 2020-2021 is a record $1.68 billion.
Numerous organisations are yet to be advised of whether or not their funding applications were successful, while Minister Fletcher has broken his office’s own embargo to announce a handful of successful applications in Victoria.
Addressing COVID-19’s impact on artists’ incomes and employment opportunities, the Creative Workers in Schools program will also directly encourage students’ creativity.
The sudden spike in COVID-19 infections in Adelaide has resulted in the cancellation or postponement of numerous productions.
A voracious reader who loves the theatre, Tara Cheyne MLA was born in Queensland but is passionate about her adopted home of Canberra.
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