Insertion of a post-EU referendum the UK is “difficult and humiliating” for the artists that the Womad festival, according to an organizer.
Chris Smith told the Radio Times that because of the visa process, it had become hard to attract foreign musicians to the festival, which is held annually in Wiltshire.
He also accused the politicians and said that the situation “I” broke her heart”.
Womad (World of Music Arts and Dance) was founded by the musician Peter Gabriel, and for the first time in 1982.
Mr Smith said: “The sad thing is always the number of artists who struggle to get visa to come and perform.
“What we’re seeing this year is not expected and even more depressing, the artists saying we’re only going to deal with the immigration system, saying that it is too difficult and too expensive, and it is humiliating.
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“The artists have accepted our invitation, and then looked at in the visa process and told us, sorry, we’re only going to do this.
“It is a situation that you should be ashamed.”
The organizers of the Festival have been travelling to Europe to meet artists before trying to help them in great Britain, Mr. Smith revealed.
He said that the Brexit vote and “inexcusable” the conduct of the politicians had changed the perception of the UK in the international community.
The Home Office has been contacted for comment.
The artists appearing at this year’s festival, which runs from Thursday to Sunday, include Goldie, Leftfield, and Thievery Corporation.