Impact on 2021 Festival Fleurieu unclear

ROLLING ALONG: The Festival Fleurieu float in the Normanville New Year's Eve pageant. The impact of coronavirus on the 2021 festival is still unclear.
ROLLING ALONG: The Festival Fleurieu float in the Normanville New Year's Eve pageant. The impact of coronavirus on the 2021 festival is still unclear.

The chair of Festival Fleurieu says that while the impact of coronavirus on the 2021 event is unclear, it is still going ahead at this stage.

Desmond Ford said the festival board met at the end of June to discuss thoughts and plans as the current April 2021 date draws closer.

He said while it was still a while away, the festival would still likely be impacted - but how that looks "won't be clear for some time".

"Although we were faced with cancelling a few events and our timelines have been shortened, it was very minor in the broader scheme of things and now with restrictions lifting, we're planning to get things back on track for a fabulous festival in 2021," he said.

"The view of the board is that the festival may well be a very welcoming event in light of the many challenges faced by so many people."

A series of public meetings will be held across the Yankalilla district during August to inform people of where planning is at, encourage those wanting to hold an event to do so, and to get names of people who are keen to volunteer throughout the festival.

Those attending will also be able to meet the new festival producer, June Adams, and chat with members of the board.

Details of these meetings, including locations and dates, are yet to be decided, but will be given to the public via the festival's email distribution list, the August edition of the Yankalilla Regional News, posters across the district.

At this stage, there are plans to have public meetings in Normanville, Cape Jervis, Second Valley, and Myponga.

"We'll also be announcing details of how to register an event for the festival, so start thinking about what you would like to do during the festival or the type of events you would like to see held," Mr Ford said.

Members of the public have the option to become a Friend of the Festival by visiting the festival website.

For more information about Festival Fleurieu, visit www.festivalfleurieu.com.au

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