New hashtag #thisisourculture goes viral as Flemish artists protest culture cutbacks
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    New hashtag #thisisourculture goes viral as Flemish artists protest culture cutbacks

    Over 200 Flemish artists posted images of artwork online on Thursday using the hashtag #thisisourculture. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

    Over 200 Flemish artists posted images on social media on Thursday that are 60% covered in yellow in protest against the recently announced cutbacks in the culture sector.

    The Flemish government announced on Saturday its plan to spend 60% less on culture and heritage, a cutback that will significantly impact the availability of project grants.

    Images of the artwork, covered in yellow, are being shared using the hashtag #thisisourculture.

    Those who have posted want to make it clear that “the culture that we love today did not come on its own,” the Flemish organisation State of the Arts told VRT news.

    “Every artist needed and needs opportunities to experiment and develop. They often got such opportunities thanks to project grants,” the organisation added.

    Evie McCullough
    The Brussels Times