Just over 6 months ago we were praising Barnet Council for funding Artsdepot. By Christmas, Barnet had proposed cutting all core funding to the venue, putting the borough's only major arts centre in a precarious position.
An alliance of local musicians have joined forces with local trades unions and Barnet Alliance for Public Services to launch Rock Against The Cuts in response to the threat to Artsdepot. On Sunday 30 January an afternoon benefit gig featuring 60s superstars The Foundations, whose classic song couldn't have more appropriate lyrics (why do you build me up... just to knock me down...) alongside other great artists like Boz Boorer and local bands.
The gig will be preceded by a march to protest against the cuts in Barnet generally - its libraries and museums are also threatened - starting outside Finchley Central Tube station at 11.30am and finishing at Artsdepot. As well as music, there will be speeches from groups affected by the cuts and led by Tariq Ali and Frances O’Grady Deputy General Secretary TUC.
Artsdepot is at 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, Finchley N12 0GA.
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