For the second 12 months in a row, the Nelsonville Music Festival is not going to go on as scheduled.
In keeping with a social media post from festival organizers, the choice has been made to cancel the 2021 competition due to considerations surrounding COVID-19. The competition had been scheduled to happen in June.
In a publish Friday on the competition’s social media accounts, the organizers mentioned the Athens County competition “all the time has and all the time will err on the facet of security.”
“We needed nothing greater than to deliver our family and friends collectively, underneath the early summer season Ohio sky, and remind all of us that we now have extra issues in frequent than we typically bear in mind,” the publish mentioned. “All of us love and want reside music, artwork, and neighborhood. We shall be that neighborhood for you once more, however simply not in individual this coming June.”
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The publish mentioned the competition organizers hope to have smaller occasions within the late summer season or fall.
“Even and not using a international pandemic, presenting a four-day outside music competition for hundreds of attendees is a really sophisticated course of with many shifting components that requires months and months of planning,” Melissa Wales, govt director of Stuart’s Opera Home, which places on the competition annually, informed The Dispatch on Saturday. “Whereas we had very a lot hoped that we would be in a greater place this 12 months associated to the virus, after cautious consideration, we concluded that we can not responsibly and safely accomplish that.”
Wales mentioned there aren’t any present plans for a digital competition in 2021. Further details about occasions shall be posted on the competition’s social media pages as particulars are finalized.
In 2020, the competition occurred nearly in August due to the continuing pandemic. Two dozen acts participated within the two-night competition, broadcast without cost on the Stuart’s Opera Home YouTube channel.
Wales mentioned the competition and opera home proceed to make the most of donations to assist fund occasions locally. Donations might be made online at stuartsoperahouse.org, mailed to Stuart’s Opera Home or by calling 740-753-1924.