One of my heroes is Václav Havel, author, playwright, activist and president of the Czech Republic from 1993-2003.  Havel’s writing was groundbreaking, inspiring and joyous; so too was his activism. His commitment to truth and freedom could not be separated from his creative expression. His political and artistic lives were one.

I don’t expect to achieve anywhere near as much as Vaclav Havel. But I’d like to try.

With this in mind here are some of my policy initiatives.

  • More funding for festivals, events and artists, with a particular focus on the artistic endeavours of young people (rap, beatbox, hip hop. slam poetry) where we get the most social inclusion bang for our buck.
  • Closer consultation with local artists in town centre and urban development with a view to making Canberra ‘a cool little city‘ (Andrew Barr’s term).
  • Subsidies and support to create artistic hubs in long-term unoccupied office space.
  • The completion of the second stage of the Belconnen Arts Centre (BAC) and the building of a satellite BAC space in West Belconnen.

Investing in the arts is the most effective way for us to appreciate our heritage, challenge who we are right now, and create new and exciting possibilities for the future.

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