Creatives fear Brexit impact on UK arts

Britain`s thriving arts sector is in despair about the vote to leave the European Union, fearing that funding cuts and freedom of movement restrictions will have serious consequences.
In the aftermath of last month`s referendum result, performers and fans at the Glastonbury festival formed a heart in a pro-EU flash mob while musicians gave a spontaneous performance of Beethoven`s “Ode To Joy” — Europe`s anthem — in central London. “I had a horrible dream in which I found out on a train that the Brexit vote had won, and yelled out in fury,” top British cellist Steven Isserlis told Classic FM radio. “I woke up, was relieved that it had been a dream, switched on my computer and saw, to my horror, that the dream had come true.” Josie Rourke, artistic director of London`s Donmar Warehouse theatre, wrote: “Canada?” on Twitter, apparently joking about where to move. Top choreographer Matthew Bourne added that he considered the result to be “such a mess and not about the GB (Great Britain) I know and love”.While it is too early to know the precise impact of Brexit on sectors from music to cinema, museums to theatre, most insiders are united in their pessimism. Norman Lebrecht, a leading cultural commentator who runs the Slipped Disc classical music website, said freedom of movement has had a “regenerative” effect on British orchestras as talent from across the EU joined them.

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