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Protest against arts cuts with a human chain around the National Gallery

Posted at 8:00 am, September 18, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, News

You gotta fight – for your right – to be arrrrrty! Sadly, it’s true. Since 2010, the overall budget for culture, media and sport has been cut by over a third, and the 2.5 million people employed by creative industries are facing an ever more uncertain future. In response to the most recent slashes, which have seen a third of projects supported by Arts Council England have 100% of their funding removed, the anti-cuts organisation Lost Arts alongside trade union PCS are organising a human chain in front of the National Gallery this evening (September 18). Protesters will form a protective barrier in front of the gallery, highlighting the human and economic value of investment in arts and culture – for every £1 spent, up to £6 is generated for the local economy, and the sector rakes in at least £865 million from tourists every year. After making your voice heard, listen to what others have to say on the value of arts funding at a special event with speakers, live music and poetry at 12 Bar Club in Denmark Street (£5).  Katie Forster

The human chain against arts cuts will be formed in front of the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, at 6pm tonight (Wednesday September 18). Follow the campaign at @LostArts_ and use the hashtag #LinkUpForArt to show your support.

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