Today organisers announced the cancellation of the Spill Festival of Performance which was due to take place in October 2020.
Artist and festival director Robert Pacitti said, “With sadness and after much thought Pacitti Company have taken the decision, together as a team and with the support of our Board of Trustees and principal funders, to postpone SPILL Festival by 12 months until October 2021.
Each of our festivals takes time to create and involves hundreds of people in the making process. We develop homegrown projects for SPILL over many months, co-creating them with the people of Suffolk. These core projects, which anchor each edition of the festival, presented alongside work shown by artists we invite from around the world require time, care and a deep level of shared undertaking to produce. Our current span of projects in development for SPILL are now impacted by Covid-19 in ways which render them impossible to deliver this year at the level of quality and integrity you should always expect from the festival.
None of us know what the next few months are going to look like, but it is clear that many people are already grieving the loss of loved ones due to the virus. So our decision to postpone also takes into consideration the role, safety and appropriateness of a festival at this challenging time.
We are thankful to all of the artists, freelancers, venue partners and funders we work with for their support and understanding of this decision. By acting now we have been able to honour all of our commissions and provide upfront support to those we would have been working with later this year, many of whom are facing very uncertain times.”