Adelaide Guitar Festival will not go ahead in 2020, due to the ongoing public health emergency of COVID-19.
Noting the closure of Adelaide Festival Centre venues to the public, the ban on public gatherings and interstate and international travel restrictions which have significantly impacted artists and programming.
Adelaide Guitar Festival Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan said that “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of this year’s Adelaide Guitar Festival.”
“But it is also with hope and optimism that we move forward with plans to connect to our audiences virtually and bring the joy of music into their homes during these difficult times.”
With a full program held every two years, Adelaide Guitar Festival 2020 was set to include workshops, panels and programs for emerging musicians, all culminating in a final weekend of ticketed performances showcasing the world’s finest guitarists.
“Since it was first held in 2007, Adelaide Guitar Festival has become one of the most significant festivals of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere,” Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director, Douglas Gautier says.
“While we are disappointed this year’s program cannot go ahead, our priority is protecting the safety of our community, patrons, artists, staff, volunteers and their families.”
“All our venues will remain closed until it is safe for us to reopen and welcome audiences back.”
In the interim, the Adelaide Guitar Festival team has moved the Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition online and is rescheduling its regional, community and wellbeing program to early 2021 to be held in Clare, Fleurieu, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Port Lincoln and Port Augusta.
The team is also exploring ways to share digital content with audiences, with a taste of what’s to come here.
Australia’s favourite classical musical couple Slava and Sharon Grigoryan recently took to the Festival Theatre stage and poignantly performed Tanto Espaço (‘So Much Space’) by Mario Laginha to an empty auditorium. The full performance will be presented on Adelaide Festival Centre’s Facebook page tomorrow.
Patrons who have already purchased tickets for early release Adelaide Guitar Festival performances will be notified by BASS via SMS or email and will automatically receive a full refund.
Patrons will not need to contact BASS or the box office.
More info at https://www.adelaideguitarfestival.com.au/.
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