Spendour in the Grass cancellation shows need for urgent festival funding

Australian Greens

“Today’s shock cancellation of the beloved Splendour in the Grass Festival is yet another reminder that we need urgent funding to support festivals and the arts through the cost-of-living crisis.

“We need to save people’s jobs as well as these festivals.

“I urge the Government will use the May Budget to provide the support that festivals need to stay viable at this difficult time, and I have written to the Minister to that effect.

“Over the past 2 years a number of Australian festivals have collapsed or been cancelled due to skyrocketing inflation and difficulties with ticket sales in an uncertain economic environment.

“It’s clear that there is an urgent need for government support to keep the industry going through these uncertain economic times.

“As the Chair of the senate inquiry into the National Cultural Policy I will be calling representatives from Australian festivals to the next hearing to shine a light on what is needed to support the industry.”

Festivals cancelled, delayed or disrupted over the past 2 years include:

  • Splendor in the Grass
  • Groovin’ the moo
  • Falls
  • Pitch
  • Vintage Vibes
  • Costal Jams
  • Dark Mofo

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young spoke to this issue in the Senate today – video

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