Perspectives: Rising Inequality and Global Greed

Sat 18 July 2020

Perspectives: Rising Inequality and Global Greed

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.

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The gap between the haves and the have-nots both in the UK and globally has turned into a chasm. The growing debt crisis in poorer countries has also resulted in cuts in public spending, making it extremely difficult for many to meet the UN’s sustainable development goals to cut poverty and inequality. In this Perspectives, we ask leading experts Danny Dorling and Claire Ainsley to assess the ramifications of global greed and rising inequality and how we can urgently redress the balance.

Professor Danny Dorling Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford

Claire Ainsley Executive Director, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Chair: Ian Muir-Cochrane