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2020 Festival Postponed

2020 Festival Postponed: 21st March 2020

Festival Awarded Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund from Arts Council England and The National Lottery

2020 Festival Postponed: 1st June 2020

The whole festival board of directors, myself the Festival Organiser (Adam Courthold), and the whole festival management team are grateful for Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund from Arts Council England and supported by The National Lottery.
We are all volunteers and unpaid, working throughout the year to put together the folk festival, and as such, we were saddened to have to postpone the festival this year. However, people's safety was our main priority and this was the only option we saw fit. Although, we did want to celebrate the festival weekend, so we managed to do a virtual festival (still viewable on the festival website) with the help of our artists who are rebooked for next year.
However, this left the festival with two year's running costs to cover from only one festival year's income, so having this emergency grant come in will help towards these costs and we are very pleased the Arts Council has awarded these funds, so we can put the 2021 festival on. The festival team are busy rearranging and planning 2021 festival, so we can bring the singing and dancing back into the town, whilst supporting the local businesses in the process by crowds coming to the festivals spending in the town.
Tickets are now on sale for 2021 and if people just want to donate any amounts money to the festival fighting funds, then donate via our just giving page.
We will see everyone next year, singing and dancing.

Chippenham Folk Festival COVID-19 Fighting Fund

Since the Chippenham Folk Festival 2020 festival was postponed until 2021, the festival now has two years worth of running costs to cover from one year's festival income.

We are a Community Interest Company, run entirely by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis, so please help us cover these costs and avoid potential cuts to infrastructure and content, with donations to the festival, showing your support through these hard times, and keeping this festival going for present and future generations to enjoy.

Adam Courthold - Festival Organiser