Barkaa (Luke Currie)

Why artists are suddenly withdrawing from Sydney Festival 2022

Three arts organisations have announced they will no longer be participating in Sydney Festival 2022 following a sponsorship deal between the festival and the Israeli Embassy.

The call for a boycott has been instated with protests taking place supported by a coalition of Arab and pro-Palestinian organisations as well as assorted academics and artists.

The protests are fuelled by the $20,000 sponsorship agreement by the Sydney Dance Company to have a production staged by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin called Decadance.

The list of artists is continuing to grow, with current withdrawals including  Blake Prize-winning artist Khaled Sabsabi, dance company Bindi Bosses, Malyangapa and Barkindji rapper Barkaa, Bankstown poetry slam, comedian Nazeem Hussain, and the Arab Theatre Studio.

Read the article by Lara Dee from Happy Media.