Bury St Edmunds Festival 2021 cancelled as Covid-19 uncertainty continues
The popular annual Bury St Edmunds Festival has been cancelled again, it was announced today.
West Suffolk Council said it took the decision to cancel May's event in the face of increasing infection rates and accompanying uncertainty the event could be staged making it difficult to book acts.
Instead, the council said it was focussing on ensuring The Apex gets back up and running as quickly as possible and that the rescheduled Moments exhibition at Moyse's Hall Museum, from May 1-September 30, was Covid-safe and a success.
Councillor John Griffiths, West Suffolk Council leader, said: “We are, of course, sad not to be able to go ahead with the Bury Festival in May, which is one of the highlights of the year.
"We have had to be practical with infection rising and could not be confident of holding the festival again this year, not least given our priority of keeping residents safe.
"However, the nationally-important Moments exhibition will be an exciting addition to West Suffolk’s cultural diary for 2021 and will go some way to making up for the festival’s absence, as well as being part of the council’s wider support of the local economy and businesses.
Cllr Jo Rayner, portfolio holder for leisure, culture and community hubs, said: “It is a real shame the festival won’t take place again this year, but with so much uncertainty surrounding when venues will be open again and how many tickets we would be able to sell for each event, it has made it very difficult to put a programme together.
"While this was a hard but practical decision we know 2021 will get better and with a very full Apex diary for the rest of the year. When we are able to fully re-open there is going to be plenty going on and we can’t wait to welcome back old and new customers.”
- The Moments exhibition will include works by Banksy, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and the Connor Brothers.
Buy tickets at www.moyseshall.org or on 01284 758000.
As with the Gaia event at the Apex in October, it is thought the Moments exhibition could give people something to look forward to in 2021.
In addition, depending on national guidance at the time, it would also have a much-needed positive impact, particularly for businesses such as cafés, restaurants and accommodation providers.