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Government Culture Minister faces questions on the restart of festival season

22 March 2021

The DCMS Committee will question Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage on the Government’s plans to support the reopening of the festivals sector this summer. The closing session of the inquiry into the future of UK music festivals will focus on what the Government’s roadmap for lifting lockdown means for festivals and the decision-making behind plans for pilot events.

Purpose of the session

MPs will also raise issues heard in the evidence to the inquiry so far such as the need for Government underwritten Covid-19 cancellation insurance, support for freelancers and the festivals supply chain, as well as drug safety and environmental concerns.

Background

The inquiry was launched to examine what is needed to ensure the survival of UK music festivals after most festivals were cancelled in 2020 due to covid-19 restrictions.

Witnesses

Wednesday 24 March

From 10.00am

  • Caroline Dinenage MP, Minister for Digital and Culture, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Victoria MacCallum, Head of Policy for the creative industries, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Previous sessions

The second session of the inquiry considered the contribution of festivals to local economies and communities and the impact of cancellations with evidence from tour manager Tre Stead and the organisation behind the Notting Hill Carnival.

The inquiry opened with evidence from the organisers of Boomtown and Parklife, and industry associations on support needed for UK-based music festivals to overcome the impact of covid-19.

How festivals can reduce their environmental impact and measures to tackle the dangers of drug use were the focus of the third session of the inquiry.

Further information

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