'Artistic Cleansing' Brings About Demise of BCA

High Road cultural centre becomes latest victim of Arts Council cuts

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Brazilian Contemporary Arts situated on Chiswick's High Road has become the latest unfortunate victim of the Arts Council's funding cuts.

Described by the BCA as 'artistic cleasing', the Arts Council's withdrawal of their grant means that BCA House is closed until further notice.

A spokesperson told ChiswickW4 "We are trying to salvage the Language Courses, which in view of the uncertainties provoked by the Arts Council's cull, were re-scheduled for 11 February. We should have a clearer idea as to the fate of our Educational Programme soon and all students will be duly informed.

A manifesto, with a full picture of BCA's vision and achievements during the 27 years that they celebrated Brazilian arts and culture in the UK, will be issued next week.

"We take this opportunity to thank you for your support over the years. We would not have been able to produce the thousands of fine projects that we did, had it not been for your support, your interest and appreciation of the fascinating culture of Brazil. We are certain that our work was not in vain."

The BCA joins Watermans in the list of potential closures brought about by the Arts Council's review of funding however, The Bush Theatre was one of the lucky ones that was saved after stars from stage and screen protested against the cuts announced in December last year.

February 5, 2008