Returning after another two years of environmental emergency, we have had time to deepen our contemplation of the contemporary issues of our time and the new narratives that we must now write together.
There is another issue to which Arty Farty wishes to make a lasting contribution: the movement towards greater equality and representativeness. It is a subject that, in the best possible way, has rocked society in recent years. Moreover, the modern live music sector has been singled out (fairly) as one of the main culprits. Our teams are particularly sensitive to this state of affairs, and the issue was never far from our mind when we were developing the festival programme. Despite improvements in recent years, with the proportion of female artists having risen from 10% of those performing in 2016 to 30% in 2019, our target has seemed a long way off until now. In 2021, we are committed to making feminine representativity a defining feature of our programming.