Last week’s advertisement by Dutch Artists 2011 in The New York Times cost in the region of 26,000 US dollars, newspaper de Volkskrant reports.
The ad was placed by a collective of hundreds of artists and sympathisers as a protest against sweeping government cutbacks in the Dutch arts and cultural sector. It reads: “Do not enter the Netherlands, cultural meltdown in progress.” Yesterday, the same statement was published in French in France's Le Monde newspaper.
The cuts - in the amount of 200 million euro - will see many orchestras, theatre groups, dance companies, art institutions and festivals disappear. On Monday, up to 10,000 demonstrators rallied in The Hague in support of the arts and culture. Other supporters of the arts, who took part in the night 'March for Civilisation' from Rotterdam to The Hague, joined the rally.
Parliament debated the planned 200 million euros in budget savings on Monday afternoon but Deputy Education and Culture Minister Halbe Zijlstra refused to budge on the proposed cuts.
The axe is also set to cut deeply at Radio Netherlands Worldwide, which will see its budget cut by 70 percent from 46 to 14 million euros.
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