Virus halts Holt Festival

This year’s Holt Festival has been cancelled – although two connected arts competitions will still be going ahead.

A statement from the festival trustees said: “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.”

Although the performances are cancelled, the trustees intend that the Sir John Hurt Art Prize and the Sworders Art Prize will still go ahead, and are planning an online exhibition of the shortlisted entries followed, if possible, by a live exhibition at a later date.

“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 to 31 July 2021.”

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