Tricycle Theatre Reverses Decision Regarding Jewish Film Festival

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18 Aug 2014

Following its decision to not host the 2014 Jewish Film Festival due to it receiving funding from the Israeli embassy, London's Tricycle Theatre has reversed its decision.



The Tricycle Theatre posted a statement on its website Aug. 15, which reads:

"Some weeks ago the UKJFF fell out, very publicly, with the Tricycle over a condition imposed by the Tricycle regarding funding. This provoked considerable public upset. Both organisations have come together to end that.

"Following lengthy discussions between the Tricycle and UKJFF, the Tricycle has now withdrawn its objection and invited back the UK Jewish Film Festival on the same terms as in previous years with no restrictions on funding from the Embassy of Israel in London.

"The UKJFF and the Tricycle have agreed to work together to rebuild their relationship and although the festival is not able to return in 2014, we hope to begin the process of rebuilding trust and confidence with a view to holding events in the future.

"We both profoundly hope that those who take differing views on the events of the last few weeks will follow our lead and come together to acknowledge that dialogue, reconciliation and engagement will resolve points of difference and ensure that cultural diversity thrives in all communities."

The theatre's board had taken the decision not to host the festival under its current sponsorship arrangement due to the sensitivity of the ongoing Israeli-Palestine conflict. The decision sparked criticism from the community, with some expressing disappointment with the decision while others supported the theatre's decision.

As previously reported, Indhu Rubasingham, artistic director of the Tricycle told the Guardian, "The festival receives funding from the Israeli embassy and, given the current conflict in Israel and Gaza, we feel it is inappropriate to accept financial support from any government agency involved. We offered to provide alternative funding to cover the loss of the contribution from the Israeli embassy. We want the festival. However, the UKJFF decided it was not willing to decline sponsorship from the Israeli embassy and, to our regret, withdrew the festival from the Tricycle... To be clear, at this moment, the Tricycle would not accept sponsorship from any government agency involved in the conflict. We hope to find a way to work with the UK Jewish Film Festival to allow the festival to go ahead at the Tricycle as it has done so successfully for the past eight years."

The festival will begin Nov. 6 and continue through Nov. 24.

Visit tricycle.co.uk for more information.