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Whether you plan on celebrating or lamenting Britain’s exit from the EU, a nationwide so-called ‘Festival of Brexit’ is here to heal the nation’s divisions and close the book on years of embittered political differences. Approved by Boris Johnson, the festival has a £120million budget and is expected to take place in the coming years.
What is the Festival of Brexit?
Actually known as the Festival UK, but known as the Festival of Brexit, plans for several events up and down the UK to form a nationwide celebration.
Originally announced by Theresa May in 2018, the Festival of Brexit was announced as a way of supposedly lifting public spirits, as the Leave vs Remain dispute raged on.
Mrs May said she wanted the festival to celebrate “our nation’s diversity and talent”, and to mark Brexit as a moment of “national renewal”.
When is the Festival of Brexit?
The event is expected to go ahead in 2022.
Organisers have opened up applications for teams who want to be commissioned to come up with ideas for the event.
Ideas can last from a day up to a year, as the festival is not meant to be a single-day festival.
Chief creative officer Martin Green has said the festival will help to heal a divided UK.
The teams can be between three and eight and could include organisations and individuals, whether artists, scientists, mathematicians or engineers.
Mr Green gave the example of “an AI company from Wales working with a biochemist from Cornwall and a visual artist from the Scotland”.
He added: “This project was conceived to happen after our exit from the EU and acknowledges that we have been going through, and are going through, a divisive time.”
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The eventual plan is for ten final ideas to be chosen, which will make up the festival.
He continued: “Creativity has always proven itself brilliant at finding more of what we have in common than what we don’t.
“So the idea that projects can bring people together is a really timely one.”
Asked whether such an event can realistically heal divisions which have come to the fore in recent years as a result of political processes, Mr Green replied: “I would say that I imagine it has a powerful role to play.”
Mr Green was the head of ceremonies at the 2012 Olympics in London, and served as director when Hull was appointed UK City of Culture in 2017.
He said: “Remember, coming together and bringing people together isn’t about asking people all to think and believe the same thing.
“It’s about understanding each other and appreciating each other’s differences and commonalities.”
All four UK Governments have signed up to take part.
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