Culture Is More Than Flag-Bearing

State Support for the Arts

From Planet 238

by Kieron Smith

Kieron Smith examines the often-subtle neoliberal agenda behind much Welsh Government culture policy, scrutinising the Arts Council of Wales and the newly created Creative Wales. How can the state enable culture to flourish freely and fully in a Covid-19 era?

Raymond Williams argued that ‘culture’ is ‘one of the two or three most complicated words in the English language’. Somewhat ironically, and as was often the case with Williams, in the process of explaining the concept, he managed to complicate matters further:

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