Janet Smith reported in Stir that the Vancouver Folk Music Festival cancelled their 2021 dates this week.
The festival said via their mailing list that the dates of Friday, July 16th to Sunday, July 18th are off. They also asked their ticket-holders for financial support in the form of donating their ticket price.
The biggest challenge for large events right now, more than mere money, is booking artists and crews many months in advance despite the uncertain status of health orders. Most summer festivals book their artists before the spring, but it’s unclear what they can commit to now with those artists for 2021.
Online shows, on top of avoiding the physical gatherings, are easier to book in shorter time frames and at more affordable scales.
Watching who keeps their events on the calendar will preoccupy festival fans and artists in the next few months. In jazz, for example, the Vancouver Jazz Festival and the Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival still have dates committed.
What do you think: which festivals, if any, will go ahead this summer in Metro Vancouver?
Or if you’ve been following news in this province about the re-openings of religious services: are the arts getting crushed while churches and sports bars re-open?
My answers: few, and yes.