Due to the ongoing pandemic and to help keep people Covid-19 safe the Bury Festival has been cancelled for 2021.
Taking place in a number of venues around Bury St Edmunds, Bury Festival is held annually as part of the larger support West Suffolk Council gives to culture in the district and, in turn, support to the local economy.
However, with infection rates rising, there is no certainty that the event could be put on and it has, therefore, been difficult to programme acts.
West Suffolk Council is focusing on ensuring that The Apex gets back up and running as quickly as possible. This includes working to ensure that the nationally important “Moments” exhibition at Moyse’s Hall Museum (now rescheduled from May 1 to September 30) is a big success and Covid safe.
The exhibition will include works by Banksy, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, the Connor Brothers and tickets can now be purchased by booking online at www.moyseshall.org or by calling 01284 758000.
As with the Gaia event at the Apex, it is anticipated the exhibition will give people something to look forward to in 2021.
In addition, depending on national guidance at the time, it will also have a much-needed positive impact, particularly for local businesses such as cafés, restaurants and accommodation providers.
John Griffiths, leader of West Suffolk , said: “We are of course sad not to be able to go ahead with the Bury Festival in May, which is one of the highlights of the year and involves many parts of the town.
“The festival has always added to the rich cultural programme that takes place throughout the year, for example at The Apex which West Suffolk Council also supports.
“We have had to be practical with infection rising and could not be confident of holding the festival again this year not least given our priority of keeping residents safe. However, the nationally important ‘Moments’ exhibition will be an exciting addition to West Suffolk’s cultural diary for 2021 and will go some way to making up for the festival’s absence , as well as being part of the council’s wider support of the local economy and businesses.”