Art Tax, Tegucigalpa

Dear readers,

Honduran politicians are at it again. Instead of creating black holes to filter public funds into secret accounts, they are now putting taxes where there really does not need to be taxes. Coming from Birmingham, England, which is a cultural HUB in the West Midlands, a place where you can find arts events every single day of the year in all corners of the city, I didn’t really know what I would make of Tegucigalpa’s bohemian art scene before I came here. I found in many quarters that it is as big (if not bigger) than Birmingham’s, but the output and quantity of “art space”, for artists to actually show their art, is very small. It means that some artists take to the streets doing murals and graffiti. Some of it is great, some of it isn’t. There are only three or four places quality enough to show their art (if that).

For musicians, it’s even harder. There are very, very few areas for them to have gigs, especially for rock bands. Bars come and go at a rapid rate. I’m not saying the places that are open are bad: it’s just very small, especially for a city with over one million people.

Maybe there is no culture for it, but I know many artists in Tegucigalpa who just need an opportunity to get off the ground. However, with this new tax, it’s going to be even harder. Artists, whether they are painters or musicians or writers, won’t be able to afford it. What this means for the bohemian art scene is unknown, but it doesn’t look positive. With the violence, poverty and insecurity, people turn to art as an escapism. Hondurans need it. Tegucigalpa needs it. This is why I am asking if you would please sign the below petition to the mayor of Tegucigalpa to make sure that this tax does not go ahead. This tax will more than likely end up in the pocket of a politician anyway. Thank you.

https://secure.avaaz.org/es/petition/Nasry_Juan_Asfura_Zablah_Alcalde_de_Tegucigalpa_AMDC_Honduras_Eliminar_impuestos_municipales_a_presentaciones_artisticas/?dKAokib

About Nicholas Rogers

I am an English journalist/copywriter living in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and I have been here since 2011. I originally came to work with Casa Alianza, which supports street kids and vulnerable youths. I then stayed on, after meeting Pamela Cruz Lozano, who calls me her adopted Catracho. I work freelance journalism and I have my own translation business. Why did I come here? For the challenge, to open my mind and get out of my comfort zone. I love literature and I've written a book with street kids. I write novels, short stories and poetry, all of which you will find on this blog, as well as a lot of information about Honduras. View all posts by Nicholas Rogers

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