UK unveils plan for rebranded Brexit festival

Unboxed festival drops Brexit name and promises host of art, tech and science exhibits.

UK unveils plan for rebranded Brexit festival

LONDON — Britain is getting ready to talk up its post-Brexit creativity with a festival, as it plots a host of science, arts, technology and engineering exhibitions across the country.

Initially known as the Festival of Brexit, the event was conceived by former Prime Minister Theresa May as an opportunity to mark the U.K.’s departure from the EU. It has now been renamed “Unboxed: Creativity in the U.K.” — triggering complaints from Conservative Brexiteers lamenting the removal of any reference to Brexit from its name.

With a budget of £120 million, the festival will take place in March 2022 and include 10 art programs, ranging from a 10-kilometer scale model sculpture trail of the solar system in Northern Ireland, to a decommissioned North Sea offshore platform in Weston-super-Mare which will be transformed into a public art installation. Organizers are also promising an immersive 3D experience in south London by TV historian David Olusoga and the makers of smartphone game Pokémon Go.

“Unboxed represents an unprecedented and timely opportunity for people to come together across the UK and beyond and take part in awe-inspiring projects that speak to who we are and explore the ideas that will define our futures,” said its Chief Creative Director Martin Green.

The program also includes projects in Caernarfon, Hull, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Glasgow, Inverness, Swansea, Leicester, Newcastle, and Blackpool, among other British towns and cities.

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A fourth coronavirus wave has started in Belgium, Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke said Wednesday night in an interview with Belgian broadcaster VRT.

“The numbers are not good. We are clearly in a fourth wave. That in itself was to be expected, but we are going to see a very sharp increase in the numbers in the coming days,” he said. “Unfortunately, there will also be a steep increase in the number of hospital admissions. We are going to have to brace ourselves to tackle the fourth wave.”

Vandenbroucke called to widen the use of the so-called Covid Safe Ticket, Belgium’s coronavirus immunity pass, bring back face masks in public spaces and wants to make teleworking mandatory in all regions, with the flu season approaching.

He added that making vaccination compulsory for health care workers was still on the government agenda, with a bill that should be voted on “before Christmas.”

Vandenbroucke’s comments come while the number of new cases and hospital admissions in Belgium are soaring. Over the last seven days, the number of new cases increased by 53 percent, while hospital admissions also rose by 53 percent.

In some regions, vaccination rates are significantly lower than the rest of the country. Whereas 86 percent of Belgian adults have now been fully vaccinated, the figure stands at only 67 percent in Brussels.

On October 29, the Belgian government is again set to meet to assess whether to further ease coronavirus restrictions. It will also consider a relaxation of the test and entry policy for people coming from the U.K.

This article is part of POLITICO’s premium policy service: Pro Health Care. From drug pricing, EMA, vaccines, pharma and more, our specialized journalists keep you on top of the topics driving the health care policy agenda. Email for a complimentary trial. 

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