Forum redevelopment? Click image!
On December 14th -during our Christmas dinner- we were informed that the Province of Groningen would retract the 35 million Euros that were reserved for the Groninger Forum. The governing parties say the required political support is no longer available.
It seems that the provincial Labor Party is afraid that in the upcoming elections voters will turn to populist parties over the construction of what by some is considered a ‘left-wing cultural palace’. Apparently a ‘Tea Party’ does not even have to be elected to rule… This bitter irony seems to be the main dilemma of the current political climate.
Cutting the budget in half will of course jeopardize the project. Will this mean the end of the Forum?
We certainly hope not. Of course there is worldwide an increasing skepticism about Administrations and the State. But we think the city of Groningen is one of the rare ‘pockets of resistance’. We believe that Groningen will be able to proof that governments actually can contribute to public life and successful cities…
And there is good news: the provincial and local government have just decided to work together to find a solution for the deadlock.
There is a petition online http://petities.nl/petitie/go-forum (in Dutch): go-forum! go!