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Paradiso pinches Bijlmer subsidy

20 July 2006 – Cultural institutions in Amsterdam Zuidoost feel that their subsidies are being pinched by institutions in the city that are better connected. Thus writes Jaap Mostert in Amsterdam Weekly, which has a thematic issue on the Bijlmer this week.

Culprit is ZO! Cultuur Zuidoost, a collaboration of Paradiso, Cosmic Theatre and the local initiative Imagine IC. They were included in the Arts Plan, and local initiatives such as Podium Kwakoe, Krater Theater and Breating Bijlmer feel left out.

Their criticism is not aimed at ZO!, but rather at the Arts Council, which advises the municipality on subsidies. Members of this council include Lucien Kembel, the new director of Cosmic. Incidentally, members of the council do not participate in discussions affecting the institution they work for.

District alderman Pieter Litjens (conservative party) is not impressed by the criticism. “They shouldn’t moan - they are getting funds from the District. If there’s something wrong, they should tell us, instead of talking to the media”.

Source: Amsterdam Weekly


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