Brexit extension derogations 'not a runner' says expert
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Brexiteers will welcome the so-called Festival of Brexit, a concept which emerged under Theresa May. An article from last year recently resurfaced describing the occasion as playing a “powerful role” in healing the UK. But not everyone is completely invested, with the event subject to online ridicule and questions about what exactly it involves.
When is the Festival of Brexit?
The Festival of Brexit was a May-era proposal organised by Martin Green to celebrate the country.
Mr Green, who also organised the Olympics opening ceremony in 2012, said the event would acknowledge the divide the vote created.
But he added he wanted it to also “bring people together”.
He told BBC News last year: “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.
“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.”
The festival, due to take place in 2022, has the alternative title of Festival UK 2022.
Where will the Festival of Brexit take place?
The festival will not take place in just one location, and with a £120 million backing is due to debut as the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee.
The Government said it would “amplify key anniversary celebrations of some of our most beloved institutions”, meaning it will likely take place all over the country.
Organisers have likened it to the Festival of Britain, which took place in the UK home nations.
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The event draws inspiration from the Festival of Britain and its predecessor, the Great Exhibition of 1851.
But Mr Green said many of the details remain undecided, however.
He could not reveal what it would look like for the BBC, saying: “A project might last a day or a year.
“It may be one big act or 10 million tiny acts.”
“Obviously we’ve got significant funding in place so we can be big and bold.
“The three key words are – we want the projects to be open, original and optimistic.
“And they can be live, they can be digital, but we expect them probably to be both.”
Mr Green added the event would take place “right across the UK.”
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