Scots defund festival on diversity grounds

norman lebrecht

September 13, 2023

The Chair and Trustees of the Lammermuir Festival have declared themselves ‘appalled and saddened’ at the lack of investment in the 2023 festival by Creative Scotland, the dispenser of state subsidy.

They say the reasons given are ‘first: prioritising applications with activity earlier in the year; second: Fair Work; third: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. This third application was refused on a criterion which the Music Department assessor judged to be fully met. We are urgently seeking clarification on how this could be.’

The festival is one of the country’s most enterprising and energetic, but Creative Scotland have joined Arts Council England in wielding a wrecking ball at successful events.

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