Today's article was published by RTT News.
Peter Gabriel is publicly
speaking out against UK foreign policy after a number of international artists were unable to perform at Womad world music festival after visa issues.
"The right to travel for work, for education and even for pleasure is increasingly being restricted and often along racial and religious lines," 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."
"There have been, and continue to be, good people within the Foreign Office who try to help us every year, but the warnings are becoming clearer: if we want a country which is open to people with ideas, traditions, food and culture different from our own, we have to change the current visa processes and find ways to turn back the growing anti-foreigner tide. Musicians travel for a living, and almost everywhere I have travelled I have been met with kindness and generosity. Do we really want a white-breaded Brexited flatland? A country that is losing the will to welcome the world?"
Gabriel co-founded the Womad world music festival in 1980.