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Adelaide Festival organisers slam Melbourne Festival date change

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Dave Hughes

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Organisers of the Adelaide Festival have joined the hordes of people against Melbourne Festival's plan to change dates.

Melbourne Festival bosses want to hold their arts event in March instead of the usual October, which will cause clashes with other events in the Australian calendar.

Adelaide Festival chief executive Kate Gould told the Herald Sun: "It would be better if they found another slot in the year. There are a number of festivals in that early part of the year in Australia."

Organisers of the Melbourne Comedy Festival are especially upset about the date change. Comedians such as Dave Hughes and Wil Anderson said that they don't want the move to overlap with their event and have appealed to Arts Victoria to change their minds.

Anderson said: "They don't have the AFL Grand Final the same weekend as the Australian Open. It just doesn't make sense. It might be a good idea for the Melbourne Festival, but it's only going to hurt the Comedy Festival."

Hughes said that he was upset because his industry had worked very hard to launch their event.

One Arts Victoria spokesperson responded: "No decision has been made on this proposal. This meeting was the start of a process to canvass the views of a wide range of stakeholders.

"Arts Victoria will now follow up on a number of issues raised that require further investigation in order to ensure that the government can give this proposal proper consideration."

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