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Are festivals 'fundamentally unjustifiable'?

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Richard Watts

Perth International Arts Festival’s Jonathan Holloway gave delegates at the recent APACA conference a frank insight into arts festivals with his controversial comment that they can be seen as 'fundamentally unjustifiable'.

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Les Studios de Cirque's Place des Anges opened the 2012 Perth Festival in spectacular fashion. Image via perthandotherplaces.blogspot.com.au

About the author

Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R FM.

The founder of the Emerging Writers' Festival, Richard currently serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's Committee of Management and on the Green Room Awards Independent Theatre panel.

He is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and in 2017 was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend.

Twitter: @richardthewatts