A Message from Rob & Laura
Dear Friends of the Festival,
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of all events at this year’s Prescot Festival (19-28 June) with the exception of the Festival’s Short Story Competition (online version). You can expect the usual regular arts news and updates via our website, however. This decision clearly follows current Government advice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if lockdown were to end before the Festival dates, many matters are now out of our control:
- The huge distribution process of our printed media has proved impossible.
- Many Festival performing groups have already decided that they will not reconvene until after the Festival dates.
- Some Festival venues have understandably expressed concerns over holding such large-scale events so soon, even if restrictions were lifted.
The Festival is cancelled and is not being postponed until a different time of year. Therefore the 17th Prescot Festival will take place from Friday 18th to Sunday the 27th June 2021. The intention is to invite performing groups scheduled for the 2020 Festival, to next year’s, where possible.
We remain very positive and upbeat about future events. We will continue to support other local arts events when they resume. Full information is regularly updated via the Festival website, Facebook and Twitter pages. Our next scheduled event, conditions permitting, will be on Friday 25th September 2020 (Parish Musicians in Concert), followed by the Annual Mayor of Prescot’s Charity Christmas Concert on Thursday 10th December 2020.
Please do encourage friends and family to take part in our excellent Festival Short Story Competition, with a £100 prize for the winning entry!
We will be in touch to confirm our next Friends of the Festival meeting, which will include the AGM, as soon as we are able. Please keep Tuesday 14th July (originally the post-Festival meeting) in your diaries as this may prove a viable option.
Take care & stay safe.
Rob and Laura