We join the appeal of Kultúrna Bratislava (KU.BA) independent platform against burying of culture in Bratislava Self-Governing Region. The administration is currently considering stopping the regional subsidy scheme BRDS, thanks to which tens to hundreds of successful cultural projects operate in the region. In a time when independent culture is one of the most affected branches by the ongoing crisis, we consider this step unprecedented, short-sighted, and retrogressive.
Stopping the subsidy scheme of the Bratislava’s Self-Governing Region – BRDS will be a loss for both culture and residents. The Bratislava region did not help culture, even though the cultural sector is one of the most endangered sectors at the present moment. Despite the decline in the budget for independentculture in the Bratislava Self-Governing Region since mayor Juraj Droba has taken office, the grant program, which is threatened to be stopped, is keeping many organizations and individuals in business. Stopping the program can have fatal consequences for them. The public in the Bratislava region, whose administration doesn’t allow them to have the satisfaction of one of basic needs, will be deprived of culture as well.Council members of the Bratislava regional government will vote on the proposal regarding administration on Friday, March 29th. We stand with keeping BRDS with our vote!