Here, There: In the Netherlands, artistic community reeling from funding cuts

August 5, 2011

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Artist Moshekwa Langa left South Africa because he believed the environment in the Netherlands would help him rise in the arts.

Today, we return to our occasional Here, There series with a look at arts funding around the world.

In the Netherlands, the government recently slashed 200 million Euros in arts funding. The cuts were met with a storm of protest.

Many of the Dutch insist that funding for the arts is a right, not a privilege, and that it's the government's job to support experimental art. We speak to Michel van der Aa, a house composer for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, about what the cuts mean.