Minister for Culture - what planet is she on

what the hell is "new british culture" :?

:x Leave the proms alone - they are part of our heritage and culture. They give great pleasure to many people - if anyone doesn't like it that is fair enough - they can listen to plenty of other music. I am all for celebrating diversity as long as no-one stops us enjoying OUR music. I love hearing Jerusalem, Rule Britannia etc

Margaret Hodge, the culture minister will today criticise the Prom concerts, claiming they attract a narrow audience and fail to promote new British values.

The Proms traditionally includes patriotic favourites such as “Jerusalem” and “Rule Britannia”
In a speech at the IPPR thinktank, the minister will also call for cultural events to engender a stronger sense of shared cultural identity, and propose that British citizenship ceremonies be held in historic buildings and castles.

But her remarks on the Promenade concerts, beloved by many as a unique and quintessentially British institution, may provoke anger amongst performers and fans.

The last night in the series, held at the Royal Albert Hall, traditionally includes patriotic favourites such as “Jerusalem”, “Rule Britannia”, accompanied by enthusiastic flag-waving and horn-blowing from the audience.

The final concert closes the season with the orchestra and audience combining forces to sing the national anthem.

In a broad-ranging speech examining the role of culture in building a sense of belonging, Mrs Hodge will say: “All too often our sectors are not at their best when embodying common belongings themselves.

“The audience for many of our greatest cultural events - I’m thinking in particular of the Proms - is still a long way from demonstrating that people from different backgrounds feel at ease in being part of this.

“I know this is not about making every audience completely representative, but if we claim great things for [cultural] sectors in terms of their power to bring people together, then we have the right to expect they will do that wherever they can.”

Proposing that citizenship ceremonies take place in castles, theatres, museums, art galleries and historic houses, she will add: “Being made a British citizen in those kind of surroundings allows people to associate their new citizenship with key cultural icons, and then offers them the chance to build a longer-term engagement.”

She will add: “Culture can often be a source of intense difficulty and conflict as the play Behtzi in Wolverhampton or Jerry Springer: The Opera have demonstrated.”

Jerry Springer: The Opera caused a storm of protest from some Christians, who claimed it was blasphemous, and performances of Behtzi, which depicted sexual abuse in a Sikh temple, had to be cancelled after violent confrontations with Sikh groups.

“Just as culture pushes the boundaries it can make some people proud to belong, it can make others feel isolated and deeply offended,” Mrs Hodge will add.
Poppy - being done here


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