This is a press release by Ken Livingstone’s Progressive London crew
The annual Jewish cultural festival â€“ Simcha on the Square â€“ has been cancelled because Tory London Mayor Boris Johnson has withdrawn most of its funding.
In previous years the festival was strongly supported by Ken Livingstoneâ€™s Mayorâ€™s Office, working with Jewish Culture UK, and providing an annual grant of Â£50,000 together with free use of Trafalgar Square.
Ken Livingstone said: â€œSimcha on the Square officially celebrated the Jewish contribution to London and gave all Londoners an opportunity to share in the richness of Jewish music, dance and culture. By officially recognising and celebrating Jewish culture we made clear our total commitment to fighting anti-Semitism.â€
The organisers announced on Friday that the festival cannot take place this year because Mayor Johnson has slashed proposed funding from Â£50,000 to Â£20,000. Simcha joins a list of other events celebrating the contribution of different communities to London including the Rise anti-racist festival, Africa Day on the Square, the Russian Winter Festival and the Oxford St lighting display for Chinese New Year.
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