Damian Thantrey
Damian Thantrey

The Lichfield Festival may need to find new ways to go ahead this year, the event director has admitted.

Damian Thantrey made his comments as events across the country continue to face disruption due to the coronavirus crisis.

The Lichfield Literature Festival, which was due to take place earlier this month, has already been axed.

But the future of the 2020 Lichfield Festival – which is due to take place in July – is also in doubt.

Mr Thantrey said:

“Under normal circumstances, we would now be sending out brochures for the 2020 summer festival, with booking due to open soon afterwards.

“However, given the unprecedented crisis that we are facing at the moment countrywide, we are currently reviewing our forthcoming events.

“We are busy thinking about how to adapt and to find new ways of bringing you art and culture.

“We want to ensure we continue to inspire, entertain and engage audiences, whilst helping artists and communities to stay safe and thrive together.”

Damian Thantrey, Lichfield Festival

“Vitally important”

A YouTube channel with videos from authors has already been produced, with plans for more online streaming events currently being devised.

“We have always found the arts a way of elevating daily life and it seems that now -more than ever – music, dance, literature and art are vitally important for wellbeing, for a sense of community and for hope.

“Our theme for this year, Art Inspires Art, remains at the heart of what we are doing and we hope to inspire you as you experience life in new and different ways.

 “We hope that, however uncertain the future is at present, we can continue to bring high-quality, inspiring multi-arts experiences – in whatever format – to the Midlands.”

Damian Thantrey, Lichfield Festival


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