Blog: Visitor numbers revealed for Unboxed, the unloved ‘festival of Brexit’ – The Times

The garden in Birmingham may have wilted and the virtual portals been virtually ignored but the citizens of Blaenau Ffestiniog had a good night out, at least.

An assessment of the £120 million Unboxed festival, the cultural and scientific extravaganza informally dubbed the Festival of Brexit, has revealed that many of the ten projects struggled to attract interest, with official “engagement” figures heavily boosted by three television broadcasts.

Tour de Moon, for example, a project bringing together “music, film, zines, talks, games, visual arts and more, all under one cosmic theme” drew just over 60,000 people to its three residencies and 13-city tour.

Engagement figures for Green Space, Dark Skies were boosted by TV audiences

ROBERT MELEN/SHUTTERSTOCK/REX FEATURES

PoliNations, a “magical super-garden” in the heart of Birmingham in “celebration of the UK’s diversity” drew fewer than 150,000 people

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