Culture cuts protest ad cost 26,000 dollars

28th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Last week’s advertisement by Dutch Artists 2011 in the New York Times cost in the region of 26,000 dollars, the Volkskrant daily reports.

The ad was placed by a collective of hundreds of artists and sympathisers as a protest action against sweeping cutbacks in the arts sector. It read: “Do not enter the Netherlands, cultural meltdown in progress.” Yesterday, the same ad appeared in French in Le Monde.

Under the 200-million-euro cuts, many orchestras, theatre groups, dance companies, art institutions and festivals will disappear. Yesterday, up to 10,000 demonstrators supporting the arts and media rallied in The Hague. Supporters of the arts who took part in the night March for Civilisation from Rotterdam to The Hague joined the rally.

Parliament debated the planned 200 million euros in budget savings on Monday afternoon but Deputy Education and Culture Minister Halbe Zijlstra refused to budge on the proposed cuts.

The axe has fallen deeply in Radio Netherlands Worldwide, which will see its budget cut by 70 percent from 46 to 14 million euros.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

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