The organizers of the ‘Festival of Brexit’ launch the application process | Politics

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Critics called it a ‘Brexit festival’ and pilloried it as a waste of £ 120million of public money, but the foreground for the festival in Britain and Northern Ireland – announced by Theresa May in 2018 – will officially launch on Wednesday.Using the working title Festival UK * 2022, the organizers have opened applications for teams who wish to be tasked with coming up with ideas for the event.

As the asterisk indicates, the final title of the event has yet to be decided, said festival boss Martin Green, formerly responsible for Olympic ceremonies and Hull’s year as a British city. of the culture. “We don’t want to name and mark the festival until we know its content. ”

Green is the creative director of an event that has been widely ridiculed since it was announced by May’s government – which made comparisons to the Festival of Britain in 1951 and the Great Exhibition of 1851 – and given the green light by Boris Johnson last year.

But it’s not about Brexit, Green insisted. It’s about bringing people together for a national celebration of creativity and innovation and that’s definitely a good thing, he said.

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