Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Quote of the day

"The right to travel for work, for education and even for pleasure is increasingly being restricted and often along racial and religious lines. ... Musicians travel for a living, and almost everywhere I have travelled I have been met with kindness and generosity. Do we really want a white-breaded Brexited flatland? A country that is losing the will to welcome the world?"

Womad co-founder Peter Gabriel reacts to the news that several performers were unable to appear at this year's festival due to post-Brexit visa problems.

Prior to the referendum, there were concerns about how leaving the European Union might negatively affect British musicians wanting to tour abroad - but it seems the consequences are proving to be equally (or even more) damaging for those coming the other way.

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