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Edmonton Folk Fest will not take place this summer

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The Edmonton Folk Music Festival announced Monday that the popular summer festival will not take place at Gallagher Park this year in August.

“As profoundly disappointing as this news is, we believe this is the only safe way forward,” festival producer Terry Wickham said.

“The safety of our patrons, volunteers and artists was of paramount importance in coming to this conclusion.”

In a news release, festival organizers said it’s impossible to move forward in the usual way planning and hosting a festival of this size “with so many variables at play,” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The news release continued: “Without full vaccination, we won’t be fully safe from the spread of the virus.

“With virus variants and vaccine rollout still uncertain, the impossibility of social distancing at our event could lead to community spread.”

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Folk Fest organizers will build on its successful online content.

“And, if small gatherings are allowed, then we hope to add some community engagement to the mix.”

Updates on the 2021 Edmonton Folk Music Festival will be posted online and on Folk Fest’s social media platforms.

— More to come

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