We have taken the difficult decision to call off the 2021 Thornbury Arts Festival due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
This disappointment of having to shelve the annual programme of music, comedy, drama and talks follows the cancellation of the 2020 festival at very short notice last spring when the coronavirus took hold. We would like to thank all performers and technical support, our sponsors, ticket holders and supporters for their patience and understanding through that cancellation process.
In normal times, the finishing touches would have been made to the line-up of events before the end of 2020, publicity preparation completed, with tickets going on sale in February 2021.
Government forecasts suggested that restrictions would still be in place late into the spring of this year.
Our traditional venue, the Armstrong Hall, has also been closed since the start of the first lockdown in 2020 and remains shut for the ‘forseeable’ future.
Given that our festival was scheduled for April 23rd - May 1st 2021 and that on the current information we do not have a viable venue, we felt that to continue with the festival on those dates would be too precarious and hence resolved that we will not go ahead with the annual festival on those dates.
This has been a very difficult decision and we very much regret that we will not be able to host the arts festival week in 2021 as previously intended.
However, we do intend to explore opportunities that we might have to provide ad hoc events later in the year, at alternate venues, which could include outdoor sites.
We are also exploring dates for Thornbury Arts Festival 2022 in April/May and provisionally, we would look to host it at the Armstrong hall Complex.
Similarly, given timings of events being early in the Spring, it was with great regret that the Eisteddfod Committee resolved that they would hold the next Eisteddfod in 2022 and our next traditional ‘Schools Theatre day’ we will organise for 2022...so watch this space!
Thank you for your continued support of Thornbury Arts Festival and we will hope to see you later in the year!
Thornbury Arts Festival Committee.
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