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‘Festival of Brexit’

The festival of Brexit is all set to take place in 2022 to enjoy the weather and largest grow-your-own project. 

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The festival of Brexit is all set to take place in 2022 to enjoy the weather and largest grow-your-own project. 

The festival is commissioned by Theresa May’s government. Moreover, it is supported by Johnson’s government. The festival remains a divisive one. In some eyes it is a politically motivated “festival of Brexit”, but its supporters say that is the last thing it will be. Its chief creative officer, Martin Green, said it was about bringing people together and celebrating creativity in events that are “open, original and optimistic”.

It has a working title of Festival UK 2022, but that will be replaced with a better name before the year is out. 10 teams along with the other 30 members are on their way for research and development processes.  

A team led by the Glasgow-based Aproxima Arts will also celebrate the festival in its ways with music, arts, and performances. Part of that will be the “largest grow-your-own project of modern times”.

One of the teams, including one led by the Leeds-based events studio Newsubstance, which is promising “a physical manifestation and celebration of the British weather and UK coastline” involving “a large-scale installation that addresses global questions, encourages playfulness, elicits joy, and presents an experiment in change.”

The Salford-based Walk the Plank, known for outdoor spectaculars, heads a team exploring the outdoor beauty of the UK and asking questions about “access, taking part, landscape and the future of public spectacle.”

The Turner prize-winning architecture collective Assemble is leading a team promising to show human architecture, technology on the principles of physics. The festival has been cursed by the “festival of Brexit” label since the start, which may well have prevented some people and organizations from taking part.

Claire Doherty, an associate creative director of National Theatre Wales, another team leader, said the process had been “incredibly open and transparent. The team has a special focus on the ongoing pandemic and its causes.

Green, whose CV includes the Olympic ceremonies and Hull city of culture, said the festival was one of several big events due to take place in the UK in 2022, including the Queen’s platinum jubilee and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The festival is funded by the UK government but Green said the devolved governments were fully onboard.

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