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Festival of Making: Drop BAE Sponsorship

The Festival of Making has issued a statement saying it has refused BAE sponsorship. It has also removed the BAE logo from its website. This closely follows our successful petition last year, when BAE withdrew as a sponsor of the Great Exhibition of the North. With your help, we are showing that BAE Systems cannot art-wash its corrupt arms deals.

Festival of Making: Drop BAE Sponsorship

We are calling on the National Festival of Making to drop BAE Systems sponsorship.

Why is this important?

BAE Systems is a sponsor of the 2019 Festival of Making, ‘a family celebration of making and manufacturing’. But BAE Systems is not a family-friendly manufacturer. BAE is the world's fourth largest arms producer, selling fighter aircraft, warships, tanks, armoured vehicles, artillery, missiles and small arms to over 100 countries including repressive regimes.

BAE has sold billions of pounds worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, and is currently finalising a deal to supply fighter jets despite Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen, a conflict that is taking a particular toll on children. Thousands of children and civilians have died in the conflict, while millions more face famine and disease with the destruction of infrastructure. Save the Children say 12.3 million children in Yemen are in need of humanitarian assistance. A recent parlimentary report says that British arms sales to Saudi Arabia are causing ‘significant civilian casualties’ in Yemen and are probably illegal. Yet BAE Systems continues to sell weapons to the regime.

Last year we forced BAE Systems to withdraw as a sponsor of the Great Exhibition of the North. We need to show that BAE Systems is not welcome at any family festivals until it stops arming repressive regimes. The 2019 Festival of Making must #dropBAE

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Updates

2019-04-26 14:02:42 +0100

Petition is successful with 282 signatures

2019-04-25 14:22:32 +0100

Thank you for signing our petition asking the National Festival of Making to refuse sponsorship from BAE Systems. It worked!

After only two days, the Festival of Making has issued a statement saying it has refused BAE sponsorship. This follows close on our successful petition last year, when BAE was forced to withdraw as a sponsor of the Great Exhibition of the North. With your help, we are showing BAE Systems that it cannot art-wash its corrupt arms deals.

The campaign does not end here – Art Not Arms will oppose all arms company sponsorship of the arts. Please follow us on twitter https://twitter.com/artnotarms and continue to support our campaign.

2019-04-24 12:04:53 +0100

100 signatures reached

2019-04-23 21:52:38 +0100

50 signatures reached

2019-04-23 19:22:34 +0100

25 signatures reached

2019-04-23 18:23:02 +0100

10 signatures reached