“Fewer festivals, fewer exhibitions, less theatre and less music”
That’s what we have to look forward to following yesterday’s Budget announcements, at least according to Deputy Chairman of the Arts Council Maurice Foley. “The public can expect fewer festivals, fewer exhibitions, less theatre and less music. Individual artists can expect fewer bursaries. There are also likely to be job losses,” he told the Irish Times, adding, in case there were any doubt: ”Significant grant cuts are unavoidable, conditional commitments will have to be reviewed and some organisations will need funds from other sources if they are to survive.” If they are to survive?
So now festivals, theatre, art and music, the things that give us pleasure and allow us an escape from the daily mundanities and grim realities of recession time, are to be taken away too? Any suggestions on where the cuts would be felt less keenly?