Dutch budget cuts leave high arts in very low spirits (BBC News)

"Forced to meet EU budget targets, the Dutch government has made sharp spending cuts - an unpopular move ahead of next week's election. Arts and culture are among the biggest casualties.

Dutch arts institutions have traditionally enjoyed generous subsidies. Clutching their plastic beer containers, a gaggle of festival goers say they feel the tight budget demands are threatening to kill their culture. "I can't believe it's happening. A country does not only need economics and politics but also culture - you need all different aspects to be a country," says one of them. "When you cut something somewhere, in this case the arts, there is a whole area of entertainment - restaurants, bars, cafes - they will notice the effects."

Zie: BBC News - Dutch budget cuts leave high arts in very low spirits.

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