Tamara Rojo wades into bitter row over London arts funding | Tamara Rojo

One of the ballet world’s biggest stars has accused Arts Council England of “simplistic” decision-making by transferring arts funding out of London.

Tamara Rojo, the outgoing artistic director at English National Ballet, told the BBC that “punishing” the capital would not help anyone, and expressed concern about the UK’s future as a global centre for culture.

A bitter battle has erupted over ACE’s decision to cut £50m a year from arts organisations in London in its 2023-26 settlement to fulfil a government instruction to divert money away from the capital as part of the levelling up programme.

A number of UK arts organisations have been removed entirely from ACE’s national portfolio, including English National Opera, which has had its £12.8m annual grant cut to zero and told it must move outside London – potentially to Manchester – if it wants to qualify for future grants.

ENO chiefs have disputed the decision and…

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