Funding cut a blow for writers festival
ARTS Tasmania has suddenly withdrawn all funding from the Tasmanian Writers Centre.
This is not the first time an established cultural organisation in this state has been chopped off at the knees without warning and with no opportunity to negotiate. The decision-making process is brutal.
The probable closure of the Writers Centre will mean that this year’s Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival will be the last. Writers festivals are among the very few public forums for free and open discussion of ideas.
More than 40 are held in three mainland states each year and they are growing in number and popularity.
Is Tasmania too financially and culturally impoverished to support even one? If, for whatever reason, Arts Tasmania thinks the Writers Centre is not performing satisfactorily, then it needs to consult to ensure a better outcome instead of just casually killing it off.