Last year the brilliant Hackney Wicked arts festival was shut down due to it’s proximity to the Olympic Park. Sure, there were security and logistical problems, but I’m also concerned that it might have been because it is so good. It would have overshadowed the official Cultural Olympiad and got a lot more media attention. Hackney Wicked is a bit anarchic, extremely creative, and is representative the thriving East London cultural scene.
This year’s Hackney Wicked festival was back to it’s usual standard: http://hackneywicked.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=44c6bc185f6f0a14a959bbed3&id=40c693412e&e=bfc0128344
But the organisers very carefully said "…it was a different and challenging time for Team WickED with new conditions placed upon the festival by the authorities…"
A faceless big brother want control and jobs for themselves.