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Arts and Culture Cancelled, by Order of the Home Office

 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:20 pm    Post subject: Arts and Culture Cancelled, by Order of the Home Office Reply with quote

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Two cancellations of high-profile concerts by the Russian classical
pianist Grigory Sokolov;

The cancellation of a visit by Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami,
to direct Cosi fan tutte for English National Opera;

The closure of the Swansea-based Ballet Russe, whose dancers were unable to get Visas;

The Canadian singer Allison Crowe was detained at Gatwick,
then deported and told she would not perform in the UK again;

A number of cancelled arts workshops and academic talks;

Many non-EU academics and artists say that they will no longer visit
the UK because of these regulations;

Several UK universities are having difficulties putting together international lecture series;

Arts organisations who are reporting extreme difficulty include: Belfast Children’s festival, jazz clubs, salsa and tango dance clubs, Gregorian choirs, community theatres. Many arts organisations say that they can
no longer invite non-EU artists;

Several cases of incompetence/aggression by border officials, including students’ Visas rejected because they did not have the correct background colour in their photographs;

A number of cases of artists unable to visit because they did not meet the £800-savings requirement;

International students are being subjected to new levels of surveillance
on campus, including: passport checks, putting attendance registers online, and biometric ID cards.


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