Festival artists refuse to accept pounds sterling

Festival artists refuse to accept pounds sterling


norman lebrecht

August 04, 2019

Fergus Linehan, director of the Edinburgh Festival has told the Financial Times that currency swings ahead of Brexit have affected his artistic planning:

‘No one wants to do deals in sterling anymore . . . so you’ve got to do all the arrangements in dollars and euros… If the currency stays at this level . . . our buying power is down,’ said Mr Linehan. ‘Obviously our currency being in the toilet doesn’t help.’

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  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    Rate of exchange in the supermarket today – £1 is Euro1.041 a massive drop over the last few months so I don’t blame them and I expect the Festival was budgeted on a higher rate than that. It can only get worse.

  • 8VA says:

    Daily Telegraph tells readers ‘not to be too bothered about the collapse of the pound”