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Theatre Relents Over Jewish Film Festival Controversy

Friday 15th August 2014

The Tricycle Theatre says it has “invited back the UK Jewish Film Festival” after previously refusing to host it.

The North London Tricycle cinema found itself at the centre of a political storm after it refused to host the UK Jewish Film Festival (UKJFF) due to take place in November.

The theatre provoked outrage when it announced that it would not host the UKJFF this year, ending an eight year partnership, due to the ongoing crisis in Gaza. 

The theatre initially withdrew its support after it emerged that the festival was applying for a small funding grant from the Israeli government.

After discussions, the theatre and the festival have apparently reconciled their differences with the Tricycle backing down on its opposition to how the festival is funded. They say this opens up the possibility of future collaboration.

The two organisations released this joint statement:

“Following lengthy discussions, the Tricycle has now withdrawn its objection and invited back the UK Jewish Film Festival on the same terms as in previous years with no restrictions on funding from the Embassy of Israel in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 UKJFF is still due to take place between the 6th and 23rd November at somewhere other than the Tricycle. The venue has not yet been confirmed.