The BBC pays attention to the horrific, and unnecessary (and spite-induced) arts and music cuts in the Netherlands under the prospective rightwing government:
A rightwing coalition is elected, and arts cuts come (while, inevitably, defence is protected). A nation sees its most precious cultural institutions dismantled. Artists and musicians take to the streets in protest. No, I’m not looking into my crystal ball: this is what is happening right now in the Netherlands, for years a beacon of cultural excellence, especially in its support for new music. The arts budget there is facing a 24% cut, but as museums and libraries are to be protected from the worst of it, the performing arts, and particularly music, are facing devastation. The Netherlands Broadcasting Music Centre, which runs three orchestras, a choir and, as it happens, a world-class library, is to be disbanded – a move akin to abolishing the BBC’s musical ensembles. According to the leading Dutch composer Michel van der Aa, the consequences will be “disastrous”; and the “ripple effects”, he says, are potentially terrifying: the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam’s great concert hall, has already warned that its future is in doubt without income from the series that are staged there by, for example, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Thousands of musicians are expected to perform in protest this Friday in the Hague.
Let’s hope it’s the first in many protests and demonstrations against this government.