For decades, we’ve heard seers of all stripes declaring that ‘everything is political’. In 2020, though, you might be forgiven for reading that with a note of exhaustion. The hopeful overtures of the open internet have well and truly descended into countless – endless – jibes and arguments. Cancelled columnists (and cartoonists) heave their laptops open to lament their newfound obscurity on national mastheads. Even people with vastly similar viewpoints are in furious disagreement over how to agree. It’s rough out here!
Enter the 2020 Melbourne Fringe Festival, and this year’s Fringe Debate: Should Culture Be Cancelled? Is the problem with cancel culture ... culture? As arts funding makes like an Australian drought, and Covid-19 drains the dregs of self-reliance, we may yet find out. With six debaters and one dazzling host, we hope you’ll join us for a silly, satirical debate about political correctness, impossible expectations and the worth of the arts. Is it time for the cultural industries to go all in – or chuck it all in?
Hosted by Jean Tong and Lou Wall, with Moira Finucane, Evelyn Araluen, Ash Flanders, Krishna Istha and more to be announced.
Warning: Contains mild coarse language, some infrequent/low pressure audience interaction