'Mega-choir' stage singing protest on culture budget cuts at Flemish Parliament

'Mega-choir' stage singing protest on culture budget cuts at Flemish Parliament
Hundreds of people broke into song to protest culture budget cuts in front of the Flemish parliament in Brussels. Credit: State of the Arts/Facebook

Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Flemish Parliament on Thursday to stage a singing protest against the government's decision to slash the cultural budget.

The ad-hoc "mega choir" took their demonstration to the foot of the Flemish parliament's building, in a protest organise by the artist-run collective State of the Arts.

By performing a song titled "Hear Our Voice," the choir was aiming to send a message to MPs, and drown out their discussions on the budget ongoing in the parliament's chambers.

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"Today is D-Day for Flanders. Savings will be discussed and probably voted in the Flemish Parliament. Our State of the Arts deserves a future," the artist group wrote on Facebook.

The demonstration comes after the Flemish government announced that it was cutting the budget allocated to the cultural and artistic sector by 60%, a decision which significantly impacts smaller and independent initiatives.

The decision sent the prolific cultural sector in uproar, with several protests organised both offline and online, including a social media campaign consisting of covering up 60% of all artistic images, promoted under the hashtag #thisisourculture.

Gabriela Galindo

The Brussels Times


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