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Broadstairs Folk Week organisers confirm festival will run in 2021

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Original article from Kent Live

The Broadstairs Folk Week committee has confirmed the popular festival plans to run later this year.

After being forced to cancel the event last year due to the pandemic, the popular folk festival is returning on August 6 this year.

Folk Week will be slightly different this time around though, with more emphasis on outdoor activities and events outside.

The organisers say they feel ‘confident’ the festival will run following the roll out of the coronavirus vaccine and the roadmap out of lockdown outlined by the government.

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The annual festival, which has been running for more than 55 years, was forced to cancel in 2020 following the outbreak of coronavirus.

With the timings of when restrictions will be lifted now known, Broadstairs Folk Week has laid out how it plans to run the festival.

Broadstairs Folk Week opening parade

Organisers have approached Thanet District Council to use the Memorial Recreation ground as an outdoor stage.

There will also be a revamped Craft & Music Fair on Victoria Gardens and a Folk Week campsite at Dane Court School.

The current roadmap outlines that indoor events should be able to run from June 21 at the earliest. But with Folk Week just six weeks after this date the committee said it will continue to use outdoor spaces which allow for social distancing to be implemented.

A statement from Broadstairs Folk Week said: “With the success of the COVID vaccine roll out and the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, we feel confident that we will be able to run Folk Week this year.

It's not like it's home to the biggest and best folk festival around or anything…

“It will be different. Indoor events will not be permitted until the very end of the roadmap around 21st June. Any slippage of these dates will impact Folk Week which will begin on August 6th.”

“So, we have decided to plan a mainly outdoor festival this year, using venues and spaces that will allow us to implement social distancing, should it still be required.

“We hope to be as flexible as possible in the coming months before Folk Week, but ask for your understanding if there are changes in 2021; there is a reason behind them that we know all too much about.”

You can read the full statement here.

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