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Womad festival struggling to book artists due to Brexit uncertainty

The organiser of Womad has said the world music festival is struggling to book artists because many fear they might have difficulties entering “Some artists are saying they might not bother applying [for a visa].
My programme manager is in regular dialogue, offering them reassurance, [but] recent events have not made that easier,” he said.Smith described the fear that artists would overstay their visas as “arrogance”, because they were successful artists.“Why would they want to stay?”Womad (World of Music, Arts and Dance) was founded by the musician Peter Gabriel in 1982. This year’s UK festival will take place from 25–28 July at Charlton Park in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.Last year Gabriel expressed his “alarm” at UK foreign policy after a number of international artists were unable to perform at Womad due to visa issues.Gabriel said: “It is alarming that our UK festival would now have real problems bringing artists into this country [many of whom] no longer want to come to the UK because of the difficulty, cost and delays with visas, along with the new fear that they will not be welcomed.”

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