Salient: Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 5. 1969.
The Cultural Affairs Committee reverted to the former system of considering each grant application and recommending it separately to Finance Committee, because of the difficulty of submitting a planned budget for Cultural Affairs at the beginning of the year. However, this method is unwieldy and I hope some better system can be developed, with the co-operation of the clubs.
Debates, political meetings, play readings and concerts were held throughout the year. In many cases the audience attendance was disappointing; I hope this is attributable to the large number of activities on, and not to a falling-off in interest in Victoria's "cultural" scene.
Apart from considering grant applications, the Cultural Affairs Committee co-ordinated Arts Festival arrangements for Victoria and organised Little Congress for the first time in some years. Held in Akatarawa in April, Little Congress had as its topic "Freedom of Expression". Speakers included Professor Munz and Professor Roberts, Ian Cross and Con Bollinger. Despite a moderate attendance the weekend was highly successful.