Sparking arts sector

House of Representatives

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Recommendations to support the recovery of the Australia’s arts and cultural sector after the significant impacts of the bushfires then COVID will be laid out in a report released today by the House of Representatives Communications and the Arts Committee.

Australia is home to a vibrant and diverse landscape of creative and cultural industries and institutions, which form a vital part of our culture, identity, and economy. As home to the world’s longest continuously living culture, Australia boasts a unique and invaluable artistic and cultural identity.

The Chair, Dr Anne Webster MP, stated that ‘Australia’s cultural industries were significantly impacted by recent events – including the bushfires of 2019 and 2020 as well as COVID-19 – which resulted in the closure of public venues, performance spaces, community hubs and Indigenous artistic centres. The Committee recognises the resilience, adaptiveness and innovation shown by the industry in dealing with these significant challenges.’

‘The Committee has made 21 recommendations that will support the recovery of the industry, maximise employment, and contribute to economic growth.’

‘A healthy, sustainable arts industry will allow Australia’s creative and cultural industries and institutions to emerge from the COVID-19 public health emergency and allow Australia’s arts to reach new heights,’ Dr Webster said.

The report can be accessed from the Committee’s website.

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