There will be no Salisbury Arts Festival this yearIt looks like another sign of continuing austerity: there will be no Salisbury Arts Festival this summer. And it is nothing to do with Russia.
Salisbury has had three main arts organisations: the Festival, the Arts Centre and the Playhouse Theatre. The Arts Council decided it could only support one of them rather than all three. And the Arts Centre had lost its grant from Wiltshire Council.
So after several previous attempts at merging these arts organisations had failed, the merger became essential.
The Festival office has closed and its staff have dispersed. The Playhouse takes the lead for arts in the city. And while the arts in Salisbury are 'in transition', there will be no Arts Festival this year.