Tasmanian arts company highlights seafarers' plight

ABC News reports of an ambitious multi-art production in Hobart focussing on all things maritime.

Following on from the many yacht races to Hobart over summer and the My State Australian Wooden Boat Festival, the message behind the production by Tasmanian-based social change arts organisation Big hART is not to take the world's reliance on shipping for granted.

Its production, Blue Angel, is a celebration of everything maritime: the romance, mysticism, folklore of the sea, but also the sub-standard working conditions, economic pressures and poor safety records of the international shipping industry.”Ninety per cent of everything that we consume comes by ship, to anywhere in the world. A lot of the people that are bringing that are essentially invisible to us and slaves,” says Scott Rankin, the creative director and co-founder of Big hART.

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