This is an emergency situation.
The imperfect perfection of funding rejection
And audience adulation
Pay-to-play players as a product of government complacency
And alternative priority
Powers that be, slow to see the reality of the part
That grassroots art plays in societal sanity
Major funds to monolithic organisations.
Scraps that remain to up-and-coming creations
Here’s the best bit:
We did it.
We survive and thrive through grit
We put aside the fears
We triple in size in nine years
The Fringe gives a voice to the unheard
The culture of the nation
Through deed and word
The power of bloody-mindedness and inspiration
Culture is healthcare, welfare, education
Culture is self identification
We may not all win a prize
But we win through the willingness to try
So let’s celebrate what has been done
And contemplate what is to come
Meanwhile let’s enjoy the party.