The Guardian festival blog: ‘A Brexited flatland’: Peter Gabriel hits out after Womad stars refused entry to UK | Culture

by Laura Snapes
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The musician Peter Gabriel has expressed “alarm” over UK foreign policy after a number of international artists were unable to perform at Womad world music festival after visa issues.

At least three acts scheduled to appear at the event in Wiltshire last weekend were unable to take part, according to the event’s director, Chris Smith.

Sabry Mosbah from Tunisia, Wazimbo from Mozambique and members of Niger’s Tal National were prevented from entering the UK, Smith said. Indian sisters Hashmat Sultana, who also experienced difficulties entering the country, arrived 24 hours after their scheduled performance.

Gabriel, who co-founded Womad in 1980, said: “The right to travel for work, for education and even for pleasure is increasingly being restricted and often along racial and religious lines.

“It is alarming that our UK festival would now have real problems bringing artists into this country … [many of whom] no…


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