Spotlight on artists

Amid the latest spate of lockdowns across the country, a new video created by a Sydney-based entertainer brings home the devastating impact of COVID-19 on members of the arts community – from classical musicians to comedians, actors and magicians.

James Bustar – whose website describes him as “Australia’s Madman of Comedy and Juggling” – says he made the video because he felt the sector was being overlooked, and he hopes it will help raise awareness of how serious the situation had become for many artists.

“People see the work of the arts community in their lives every day but they don’t necessarily know what is going on in the background or the pressure that individual artists are under. If nothing else, I hope the video shines a light on the crisis they are facing and the solution to help them get through it.”