01/10/2018

UK Govt Announce 'Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland'

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a 'Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland' to take place post-Brexit in 2022.

The event was revealed at the Conservative Party annual party conference in Birmingham.

Making the announcement, Mrs May said that the event would strengthen "our precious union".
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Described as a "nationwide festival in celebration of the creativity and innovation of the United Kingdom", Downing Street said that the Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will mark the anniversary of a number of events.

However, it is understood the centenary of the creation of Northern Ireland in 2021 was not specified on their list.

Taking place 70 years after the 1951 Festival of Britain, Mrs May said: "Just as millions of Britons celebrated their nation's great achievements in 1951, we want to showcase what makes our country great today."

The festival is due to begin four months before the next scheduled general election.

(MH/CM)

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