In a statement today, Pete Wylie has sent a withering rebuke of two of the Council’s most polarising recent decisions – that of continuing to employ the services of the human rights-abusing security company, G4S, and of its proposed slash-and-burn remedy for our city’s libraries. Citing both moves as in ‘direct opposition to the ethos of a creative festival’ Wylie says that the council’s desire to ‘show a positive public image’ sits at odds with many of its current policies.
“Further to recent revelations about Liverpool Council’s decision to continue with the security contract with G4S, combined with their destructive stance on the city’s vital library service I am withdrawing my involvement from this year’s Liverpool International Music Festival.
I cannot condone or work with a Council that sees fit to engage with G4S, a company allegedly complicit in Israeli human rights abuses. The Council has been given an opportunity to make a positive stance and to end its association with the security company and no sufficient reason has been given not to take this opportunity.
As a musician and artist I absolutely condemn the proposed closures of 11 of Liverpool’s 18 libraries. This is a move that is in direct opposition to the ethos of a creative festival, and I cannot subscribe to the utter hyprocrisy that all is well and thriving in a city that sees fit to destroy the essential educational, social and cultural service that the libraries provide. Liverpool Council’s desire to show a positive public image conflicts absolutely with the policies it adopts at grass roots level, which show no regard for the actual fundamental needs of the city.”
SevenStreets will be making a statement about our involvement in the festival on Monday.