David Reynolds and Vernon Bogdanor

Sat 11 July 2020

David Reynolds and Vernon Bogdanor

It is with great regret that for the first time in forty years we must cancel the Buxton International Festival in July 2020. This is an enormous disappointment but the health and well-being of our audience, our volunteers, the BIF team and all the artists involved is of primary concern. By taking this difficult decision now we are safeguarding the Festival for the Future. Read our full statement here.

Please save the dates for next year’s Festival taking place 2 – 18 July 2021.


What Future for the United Kingdom?

Island Stories: Britain and Its History in the Age of Brexit and Beyond Brexit: Towards a British Constitution

Award-winning historian David Reynolds sees Brexit as part of a deeper crisis of national identity. This requires us to move beyond confident certainties about ‘our island story’ and recognise that there are several stories spanning two islands whose future as the ‘United Kingdom’ is now in the balance. Vernon Bogdanor, one of our most respected constitutional commentators, emphasises that entry into the European Community in 1973 was a momentous event – with seismic effects on the politics and constitution of Britain. Brexit, while equally momentous, has been almost wholly discussed in economic terms. But what are its constitutional implications? And what, indeed, is ‘our constitution’?