If religious zeal inhibits art we are all poorer

Ganesh is this show's hero, but its creators are being painted as villains.

The mark of a good arts festival is its willingness to create controversy. Not that festival directors deliberately set out to antagonise or offend audiences. Indeed, as one Melbourne Festival director once said to me, you can never predict which events might trigger moral outrage.

Some Melbourne Festival shows, of course, seem irredeemably destined for controversy, such as 2003's Belgian production I Am Blood/Je Suis Sang, which featured nudity and copious quantities of fake blood.

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