Protesters form human chain for the arts
19 September 2013
Since 2010 the overall budget of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has been cut by a third. This has meant a drastic reduction in subsidies and grants to cultural bodies, leading to closures, staffing cuts and reduced access for the public.
Local arts and culture is also suffering due to £124 million arts cuts in the 2013–14 budgeted expenditure for local government.
The government continues to make cuts to arts and culture and ignore its true value. For every £1 invested in it, up to £6 is generated for the local economy.
Creative industries employ 2.5 million people and 78% of adults attended or participated in the arts in the last year.
The protesters were addressed by Equity Assistant General Secreary Stephen Spence, who attacked the Conservative and Liberal Coalition Government's record on arts funding, and Equity members were joined by members of seven sister unions in the event, which was organised by Lost Arts.
After the event, which took place outside the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, there was an evening of live entertainment at The 12 Bar Club on London's most famous music thoroughfare Denmark Street.
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