National Arts Council Bill ‘almost’ ready


Culture Minister Michael Usi has let the news artists have been waiting for out; work on the long awaited National Arts and Heritage Council Bill is at an advanced stage.

“I can say that it [the bill] is almost ready because, on our part, we are done with it.

“Now, it has to go to the Ministry of Justice. We are hoping that it will be tabled during the next meeting of Parliament,” he said.


On the issue of artists not being allowed to hold shows and, yet, politicians have been all over the place during by-elections campaign, Usi said two wrongs did not make a right.

“What we should be afraid of is the novel coronavirus. We need to make sure that we stay safe and, once things open up, shows will be there. I, for one, would want to hold my own show.

“As such, we just need to tread carefully and observe Covid preventative measures,” Usi said.

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