Notes from a small island
A weblog by Jonathan Ali

Sunday, January 12, 2003  

"The best reason for the state to help pay for art is because a vibrant society thrives on self-examination. Simply, it's more exciting and fulfilling to live in a society actively engaged in wondering what's beautiful and what's truthful."

- Nicholas Hytner, director of Britian's National Theatre, from an article in today's UK Observer on the purpose of art and of the need for state funding for it. Worth reading not only as a comparison to our own situation here in T&T and in the Caribbean, but also because Hytner points to the divide between what is perceived as high-brow and low-brow art, ultimately making the the point that "we have at our best rendered art and entertainment indistinguishable. We have always required our performing artists to include us in, to keep us engaged. Our greatest artists have often been our most popular."

posted by Jonathan | 8:21 PM 0 comments


save boissiere house
Bina Shah
Nicholas Laughlin
Caribbean Free Radio
Global Voices
Jessie Girl
Club Soda and Salt
Caribbean Cricket
Jai Arjun Singh
email me