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Protesters form human chain for the arts

19 September 2013

Lost Arts Human Chain campaignProtesters formed a human chain around the National Gallery on 18 September under the banner of "Don't Go Breaking My Arts".

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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Anti-Cuts to Arts funding on National Gallery Terrace

Name: Arthur Duncan

Date: 05 September 2013

Must I spend my paltry pension on traveling from 'Zero-local- government-arts-funded & volunteer-rescued-Brewhouse-Theatre,' Somerset? Please, all you living in London, make the effort to be there, so I won't have to. With you in spirit. Arts & Culture cannot be killed but proper funding helps people live more fully, by them.

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