Blow for Canberra’s event calendar as Folk Festival cancels again

One of Canberra’s major festivals has been cancelled for the second time due to the ongoing pandemic.

The National Folk Festival was due to be held back in March but was postponed until next year when the restrictions came into force. But organisers have now cancelled the event planned for April.

The festival has run for five decades until this year and attracts up to 50,000 people.

“After significant research and planning towards a 2021 Festival, it has become apparent this will also be impossible,” co-organiser Helen Roben told The Canberra Times.

“We understand the devastating effect this will have on our participants and performers, but our community and their safety is our highest priority.”

It’s the latest casualty for Canberra’s event calendar with the organisers of Summernats cancelling last week due to the EPIC centre that hosts the event being used as a COVID-19 testing facility until the end of November, with no guarantee that will not be extended.