Britain’s “Brexit festival” is an irresponsible use of মান 120 million in public money and remains confusing and obscure even after it began, MPs say.
Despite the ministers’ desire for this year to replicate the 2012 celebrations, the “obscure and reshaped” unboxed festival is a “failure recipe” that illustrates the lack of a strategy for big events according to Commons culture, media and sport.
It says the festival is a sign of “a lack of overall vision or direction” in the policy of organizing big sports and cultural events, despite spending millions of pounds of public money.
In 2018, Theresa May promised a national event to show “what makes our country great” as soon as Britain leaves the EU, which was quickly dubbed the “Festival of Brexit”.
In the years that followed, however, the project evolved into the Unboxed Festival, which began this month with a light show celebrating the connection between humanity and the universe in Paisley, and will go on a tour of Luton, Kearnerfon and Hal.
The festival’s ten projects include a “Tour de Moon”, raising your own food events and an industrial installation on an unused oil rig at Weston-Super-Mer.
In a report today, lawmakers said they questioned whether they understood Unboxed’s approach or even knew it was happening, adding that its goals were “vague and misinterpreted” by the public.
It admitted to a senior civilian employee that the incident could only be named last October because the government “did not know what it was”.
The MPs conclude: “The desire to make it seem like a recipe for failure, for everyone everywhere, and to invest 120 120 million in something when the government admits to itself, ‘did not know what it was’ is an irresponsible act.” People’s money. “
They argue that the project is a sign of a “lack of overall vision or direction” of the government’s approach to events ranging from the City of Culture program to the canceled bid for the 2030 Football World Cup.
Ministers have said they want to use this year’s events, including the Unboxed, Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, as “moments of national renewal” after the epidemic.
But lawmakers say the government is spending a lot of money on big events this year. While individual events may provide memorable moments, we do not see any golden thread to connect the events. “
The committee’s Tory chairman, Julian Knight, said: “Unless the government urgently addresses this lack of strategy and vision, the risk of losing the benefits that such programs can bring continues.”
Unboxed, he said, was “a prime example of an event whose purpose was vague from the start. It took three years to come up with a rather obscure name, meaning that to very few people who are even aware of its existence, it is good for the possibility of a truly lasting legacy.” Doesn’t indicate. “
However, Martin Green, chief creative officer of Unboxed, emphasized that the opening of the festival had received an “irresistibly positive response from the public, often on the basis of a promise to bring large-scale cultural events to disadvantaged places”.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport says this year’s unboxed and other glasses will “bring people together and leave a strong legacy that will benefit communities for years to come.”