The director of the Edinburgh International Festival has voiced his opposition to protests against Israeli shows at the Fringe after a row over a theatre production. Sir
However, he said it was "regrettable" that
Speaking ahead of tomorrow's opening of his last festival as director, Sir Jonathan pointed to similar action in 2012 against a show by the
He said: "I think it is regrettable, but several years ago we had a similar situation and we worked very closely with the company to make sure it did not cancel it.
"Protest by all means, peacefully where possible. It is one thing to protest against the government of
In an interview on Monday, before
He said very few arts organisations were not funded in some way by a government.
"Where does that process stop? And do we accept there is a distinction between an organisation being funded by a government and an organisation speaking for that government? I don't believe that is the case here."
Underbelly said yesterday: "We are very disappointed to announce we have been unable to find a space viable for the show and for the security of the audience."
Sir Jonathan also said the Commonwealth Games had been a great success. "I think there was a deep appreciation of these Games," said the Australian.
"I don't want to sound blase, but we do that kind of festival every year in
"But the more places in
The festival opens with a concert by the
The director of the Edinburgh International Festival has voiced his opposition to protests against Israeli shows at the Fringe after a row over a theatre production.