|Issue No 37||29 October 1999|
Carnivale Changes An Assault On Working Class Migrants
Changes to the board of the multicultural arts festival Carnivale represent an attack on working class migrants by bureaucrats who want to see a return to a traditional folkloric festival.
NSW unions last night passed a resolution supporting the five Carnivale staff who have quit the organisation in protest over changes to the Carivale board, driven by the Premier's advisers without consultation with migrant communities or NESB artists.
They voiced their support after Carnivale director Lex Marinos outlined why he was quitting the post after three successful years. He said following new appointments by Premier Carr's office Carnivale would no longer be able to operate as an indpendent community organisation.
"This is hands-on interference by a government trying to take control of all the organisations it funds," Marinos says.
Labor Council secretary Michael Costa says Marinos and general manager Frank Panucci had played a valuable role in creating a genuine grassroots community festival, with activities concentrated in Sydney's west.
"If these people leave, there are real concerns that Carnivale will become nothing more than a tokenistic, assimilationist festival wear participants wear colourful cloths and perform interesting dances.
"What Marinos and Panucci have achieved is something for more genuine and relevant to contemporary multicultural Sydney. Their treatment is nothing short of a disgrace."
The Labor Council calls on the Premier to reconsider the recent appointments to the board and make all future appointments in consultation with migrant communities. The two vacant board positions should be filled through this process.
"There are real concerns for the viability of Carnivale if a new board and new staff have to prepare a state wide festival from scratch in 11 months," Costa says.
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