Bradford Festival cancelled due to coronavirus

This year's event was due to take place from 29th to 31st August in City Park.

Bradford Council have announced this year's Bradford Festival has been cancelled, due to safety and social distancing measures brought in to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The authortiy say social distancing measures have made staging, performing and crowd managing festival audiences impractical.

Last year an estimated 175,000 people visited the city centre for the 2019 festival, which featured live music, market stalls and street performers.

Many other festivals and arts events across the UK have also had to be cancelled this year due to the pandemic.

However, the council say the public response to a creative projects grant fund earlier this year encouraging cultural activity during lockdown has been very successful, so the council’s culture team will be looking at how this approach might be adapted for future creative ideas while social distancing rules continue.

Bradford Festival was scheduled to take place 29-31 August in Bradford’s City Park.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Healthy People and Places Portfolio Holder, said:

“We are very disappointed about this cancellation but clearly protecting people’s lives must come first.

“Our  cultural recovery group will be looking at creative ideas for introducing new events and projects over the next 12 to 18 months whilst adhering to the Covid-19 rules and announcements on these ideas will be made in the coming weeks.”

It is the latest in a series of Summer events that have been cancelled due to lockdown and fears of spreading the virus.

These include the Bradford Dragonboat Festival, Bradford Pride and Bradford Literature Festival.

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