Holt Festival 2020 has cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic – here is a message from Holt Festival Trustees…
It is with enormous sadness and heavy hearts that we have taken the decision to cancel Holt Festival this year. It is a joyful celebration of the arts that we all look forward to and gives pleasure to so many people, but with the rapidly spreading pandemic and the threat of it continuing well into the summer and probably beyond, we feel that cancellation is the only sensible course of action as we cannot see the situation improving in time for us to hold our July event with any confidence that the crisis will be over.
It is a huge disappointment for both us and the artists. Our artistic director, Anwen Hurt, has put together a very strong programme and we hope many of those artists will be able to appear next year, but we appreciate that the next few months will be extremely difficult for everyone in the arts.
Although the performances are cancelled, it is our intention that both the Sir John Hurt Art Prize and the Sworders Art Prize should still go ahead, and we are planning an online exhibition of the shortlisted entries followed, if possible, by a live exhibition at a later date.
Thank you all for your valued support, in particular our festival team, volunteers, sponsors, ambassadors, friends, advertisers, Gresham’s School, St Andrew’s Church, Holt Community & Arts Centre, Love Holt, and Holt Town Council.
In the meantime, the important thing is for us to look after one another and our local community and, as an arts festival, to continue supporting the artistic community. We trust that there will be better times ahead and that the festival will be back next year, 25 – 31 July 2021.