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Arts Leaders and MPs urge rethink on European Capital of Culture

89 cultural professionals and artists have called on the Government and the European Union (EU) to “urgently reopen negotiations” on the UK’s involvement in the European Capital of Culture competition.

Warning that excluding the UK would have negative economic, social and artistic consequences on cultural organisations across Europe for “many years to come”, the arts leaders – including Sadler’s Wells CEO Alistair Spalding and Nottingham Playhouse Artistic Director Adam Penford – have signed an open letter calling for “creative compromises”.

“The value of a positive resolution to communities, understanding, wellbeing, economy and culture across the UK and the rest of Europe would be undoubtedly immense,” they write.

The European Commission’s move to block the UK from participating in the European Capital of Culture 2023 last week – shortly after five cities submitted their bids for the title – has been criticised for being politically motivated.

The arts leaders’ appeal comes days after fifteen MPs wrote to Jean Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, asking him to reverse the decision. They warned politics “should not interfere with what is in many ways an event intended to bridge cultural and political divides”.

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(source: Arts Professional)

Posted by CAN network on 8th December 2017.