The 2020 St Ives September Festival has become the latest in a long list of events to fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic. The Festival committee took the decision to call off this year’s music and arts festival, scheduled to take place from September 12th to 26th, with no indication as to when restrictions regarding event venues, social distancing, travel and holiday accommodation will be fully lifted.
Festival chair Mary English said: “It is hugely disappointing but our responsibility to look after the residents of St Ives was paramount in our decision.
We feel strongly about our obligation to keep both our town and its visitors safe.
I would like to express my thanks to all the Festival volunteers who worked so hard on this year’s Festival, along with all the rest of the arts and music community who were organising events.”
Before Covid-19 took hold, St Ives was looking forward to a bumper September Festival with very encouraging early ticket sales. CRBO (Cornish Riviera Box Office) will be contacting everyone who has purchased tickets for Guildhall events by email. Performers booked by the Festival have been invited to appear at the next St Ives September Festival and several have already expressed a desire to take up the offer.
“We look forward to welcoming both participants and Festival-goers back to St Ives in much happier circumstances,” added Mary English.
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2021: 11th – 25th, 2022: 10th – 24th, 2023: 9th – 23rd, 2024: 14th – 28th, 2025: 13th – 27th.
A few words from our new Arts Patron:
“The Leach Pottery is honoured to have this opportunity to support the St Ives September Festival as their new Arts Patron for 2020. An iconic event in the St Ives calendar, the Festival celebrates the diverse creative talents from Cornwall and beyond.
The September Festival has a long history of bringing together local artistic communities. From their establishment by the International Musicians Seminar and the Penwith Society of Artists, of which Bernard Leach was a founding member, to the bringing together of local musicians and artists today. It is particularly fitting that we can renew our historic connection and come together once again to champion our shared values of artistic collaboration and exchange.
This is a significant year for the Leach Pottery as we celebrate our centenary. Since our foundation in 1920 we have supported the creative arts in St Ives, and we will carry on this tradition through an exciting programme of activities taking place throughout 2020. We invite everyone to join in with our Leach 100 celebrations and visit us during what is set to be a fantastic festival.”
Libby Buckley, Leach Pottery Director