Amid the cancellation of basically everything, The Festival of Brexit is still going ahead.
The £120m festival is apparently still going ahead, as reported by The New European.
Director of the festival Martin Green has said that it aims to “bring the nation together”, showcase “British creativity”, and bring some “joy, hope and happiness”.
Despite the complete closure of all live music venues, theatres and museums – venues which will be the last places to re-open after the pandemic – the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) says it remains “committed” to the Brexit festival, set for 2022.
Advocacy group the Museums Association had called for the £120m festival budget to be reallocated to help UK arts institutions recover after the crisis.
The group warned the government that British museums risk permanent closure due to the pandemic’s effect on funding streams.
The idea for the festival was originally tabled by leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, who said that it would be a “huge celebration” of Britain leaving the EU. The festival that hopes to unite both sides, was announced by Theresa May in May 2018 and confirmed by Boris Johnson upon entering Downing Street last year.
Given that every major festival has been cancelled this year – Wimbledon tennis championships have been cancelled for the first time since World War 2 – people are feeling short-changed.
Very kind if the Gov. No Notting Hill Carnival, just a deadly Festival of Brexit. Hope Mark Francois, Rees Mogg & co don’t forget their masks. 😷😜😝😛😷 ps Such a stupid plan it can’t be real!
— beatrix nevill (@beatrixnevill) May 13, 2020
Still not clear how many relatives you can meet at the Festival of Brexit.
— Carl Maxim (@carlmaxim) May 11, 2020
While others are outright fuming.
What an absolute waste of time and money……
(Like everything Brexit)https://t.co/AJlUZfgY2A
— Andrew Knight 🇪🇺🇩🇪🇦🇺🇬🇧 (@AndrewKnight226) May 14, 2020
Farce heaped upon incompetence.
Government to continue with Brexit Festival planning despite virus crisis https://t.co/EWVsbMvt06
— Robert Bob (@RobertB13844710) May 13, 2020
Suggestions for better ways to spend the dosh aren’t exactly hard to come up with.
How about spending the £120 millions on a pay rise for the health care workers, many of whome gave their lives saving others 🤔 anyway, I doubt by 2012 this country will be in a position to scrape together enough money to organise a garden fete..
— David Astbury #FBPE 🇪🇺🏴🇪🇦🌍 (@DavidAstbury7) May 13, 2020
It’s all about priorities though, isn’t it?