Vancouver Sun

Vancouver jazz festival cancelled


Another iconic Vancouver cultural event has been cancelled due to COVID-19, this time the Vancouver Internatio­nal Jazz Festival.

Earlier this week, Bard on the Beach announced its 2020 billing at Vanier Park would not go ahead.

In a prepared statement, a jazz festival spokespers­on said the management team had been meeting over the past month and has decided not to go ahead with the festival that was planned for June 19-28.

“Our team has been working non-stop to consider how we might be able to present a festival in 2020,” the statement read.

“But over the past month, as the COVID-19 crisis has accelerate­d, it has become clear that it won’t be possible to do so in a safe manner. With the support and advice of our board, we have made the hugely disappoint­ing decision to cancel this year’s festival. We are saddened to make this announceme­nt, but we believe it is the right and responsibl­e thing to do in order to protect our patrons, artists, staff, and community.”

Tickets already purchased will be refunded.

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