What happens when a small community loses its arts coverage?

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The decision by Hobart's The Mercury to axe all theatre, dance, and music criticism in its pages has alarmed the city's arts sector.
Arts criticism in Hobart is all at sea following a recent decision by the Mercury. Photo by Josep Molina Secall on Unsplash

A few weeks ago – with pen and notebook in hand – I trotted down to the Federation Concert Hall to see a performance by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Stephanie Eslake

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