Van­cou­ver jazz fes­ti­val can­celled

Vancouver Sun - - CITY - DAVID CARRIGG dcar­rigg@post­

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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