Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Arts sponsorship by OIl Corporatons?

This week, theatrical protest group the Reclaim Shakespeare Company invaded the British Museum and held a surprise performance challenging BP's sponsorship of the popular Vikings exhibition.

The performance aimed to point out the irony in the fact that an oil company accused of recklessly plundering natural resources is sponsoring an exhibition about some of history's most famous looters and pillagers. BP provides less than 1% of the museum's annual income but gets huge amounts of positive publicity in return, helping to hide its destructive extraction activities and its government lobbying against clean energy. The full story can be seen here:

Channel 4 News coverage of the action can be seen here:

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