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Warwick Festival…..Another Covid Casualty

 

Warwick…..another Covid casualty

It is with a heavy heart that I send this message, the announcement below is from the Festival Board and Committee.

"Following extensive planning and discussion in light of the most recent government guidelines, with huge regret it has been decided that Warwick Folk Festival, which was due to take place 15 - 18 July, will be postponed until 21 - 24 July 2022. This decision has not been taken lightly, but with the current situation, our absolute priority is the safety of our staff, artists, traders, audience and the local community. We will ensure that our website includes detailed updates as soon as possible. As previously, your tickets can be transferred to next year’s festival. Thank you to everybody for your continued support and efforts during this difficult time, we miss you very much."

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Why postpone now?

We have been waiting for government guidance to be published on how is best to proceed. This has become more important after many in the scientific community have expressed serious concerns over the new COVID-19 Delta variant and the next step of the roadmap proceedings.

We take the safety of everyone involved at our festival very seriously and feel we have a duty of care to ensure that our festival is a safe place. We also want to ensure that we protect the local community as much as we can.

Another major concern is that there may be even more changes to the guidelines at the last minute, and many festivals including ourselves have to pay huge sums of money in advance to artists and infrastructure providers. This jeopardises the future of our festival.

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The new site presents a great opportunity and it's really sad that we won't be experiencing it just yet. However, we are looking forward to making the 2022 festival better than ever .  DICK DIXON, WARWICK FOLK FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

Association of Festival Organisers (AFO): 19th Jun 2021 15:14:00

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