Arts, Culture & Council: What else can BCC do to support a radical arts and cultural scene?

Join Councillor Jonathon Sriranganathan for a panel discussion (artists TBA) about Council’s responsibility to support Artists and Cultural groups in Brisbane:

- What impact does the privatisation and over-regulation of public space have for local artists and communities?

- How does Council decide who gets funding, and how much?

- How would you rather spend $3 million than on graffiti removal?

- How can Council promote and support minimum wages for artists and performers?

- What is the role of politics in the arts, and of the arts in politics?

This event is part of Regenerate Brisbane, a series exploring how our communities can repurpose local governments to serve our needs better. Located at Meanjin Reggae Festival, in the Radical Futures Lounge (western corner of Musgrave Park). Find out more here.

Art plays an intrinsic role in shaping our city’s culture, identity and sense of community; enabling human expression and social bonding. Music, theatre, film-making, storytelling, poetry, dance and visual art are all essential to the cultural identity of a city and its people.

Brisbane City Council promotes itself as a strident supporter of music and the arts, but often acts as a barrier for artists and organisations looking to host accessible, culturally diverse events outside the commercial mainstream scene.

From arduous noise impact assessments and health and safety regulations to excessive deposits for community halls and park bookings, it’s increasingly difficult to organise events using public facilities without the support of a larger organisation or corporation that can front the costs for the additional administrative burdens.

With less than 1% of Brisbane City Council’s annual $3 billion budget going towards the Arts, and the majority of that money going to just 3 larger and well funded festivals, most artists and community organisations in Brisbane are forced to compete for small amounts of cash and inevitably self-fund their projects or perform for free.

In 2020, the Greens called for BCC to double their budget for festival funding (which would be paid for by reducing the total budget for costly and unnecessary road widening projects by just 1%). But what else could Council do to support a more diverse and vibrant arts and cultural scene for Brisbane?


Accessibility info: Venue accessible by wheelchair. Radical Futures Lounge is on a level grassy area, off the footpath (cnr Russel St & Edmondstone St). Limited street parking; regular high-frequency accessible public transport available (stops ~1 block away: Boundary St, Cordelia St, and Vulture St). If you require an Auslan interpreter, contact us at [email protected] and we'll endeavour to arrange one.


This event is taking place on the unceded lands of the Jagera and Turrbal people. Musgrave Park is a significant place for Aboriginal people across the country. We pay respect to elders past, present, and future, and recognise conversations about development and gentrification must be grounded in the recognition that these phenomena are part of an ongoing process of colonisation and extractive exploitation. 

Aboriginal, Torres Strait, and pride flags


November 19, 2022 at 12:30pm - 1:30pm


Meanjin Reggae Festival, Musgrave Park
91 Cordelia St
South Brisbane , QLD 4101
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Will you come?