Arts sector to hold marathon cuts protest

20th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch arts sector is to hold a last-ditch protest against government plans to cut arts funding, a spokesperson for culture umbrella organisation Arts '92 announced on Monday.

The protest will start with a sit-in at the Museum Boijman’s Van Beuningen in Rotterdam on 26 June. In the evening, a marathon ‘March for Civilisation’ will set off from the museum bound for the Lower House of Parliament in The Hague, a distance of around 25 kilometres. The marchers will arrive during the night.

Deputy Arts Minister Halbe Zijlstra has announced a 200-million-euro cut to the current government arts budget of 900 million euros. On 27 June the Lower House will debate the government’s arts and media cutbacks.

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