Covid-19: Salisbury International Arts Festival CANCELLED

Covid-19: Salisbury International Arts Festival CANCELLED

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 10:37am 24th March 2020.

2 minute read

The Festival was due to take place this May, with over 100 events planned throughout.

Wiltshire Creative say they're 'disappointed' but the 'wellbeing of everyone must come first'.

The Salisbury International Arts Festival attracts thousands of people every year, with 42,000 taking part in the events in 2019.

Man in the Moon in Salisbury City Encounters Adrian Harris Photography Salisbury Arts Festival
The Arts Festival has been a popular part of Salisbury's calendar for 46 years

Here's the full statement from Wiltshire Creative's Artistic Director, Gareth Machin: 

"We are very disappointed that we cannot present the planned 2020 International Arts Festival. The wellbeing of everyone must come first, but this is devastating news for all our artists, staff, volunteers, participants and, of course, audiences and supporters. 
"While we won't be able to present the planned Festival, we are in discussion with artists and companies exploring ways in which events might be presented either at a later date or on a digital platform." 


Tickets for the Festival went on sale on March 13th.

Anyone who has already purchased tickets for any of the events will be contacted by Wiltshire Creative in the coming weeks.

We are warned that it 'may take some time' and we're asked not to call or visit the venues involved.

Ilyria's Dr Dolittle
One of this year's events was due to be Ilyria's Dr Dolittle


The cancellation of the Salisbury International Arts Festival follows the closures of Salisbury Playhouse and the Arts Centre too. 

Wiltshire Creative itself say the cancellations will have a 'devastating impact' on the organisation, and they're asking us to support them.
Gareth Machin, Artistic Director, said: 

"As a charity, we are enormously grateful to ticket holders who are donating the value, or part value, of their tickets as a donation to support the organisation and the wider cultural sector." 

There's further information, including a donation link, on the Wiltshire Creative website.

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