A statement from Chris Jaeger, regarding 2021’s Worcester Festival:
As is normal, once the festival is up and running in the current year, we look towards the next Festival the following year. This however, raises questions in the current climate. Will we back to normal in August 2021, or will there be a ‘new normal’. At this moment in time, we can only assume that we will be able to run our usual live Festival, and we are going ahead and planning to do just that. And in fact, we are planning our biggest, most eclectic, most inclusive Festival ever, to include for the first time the Worcester Mela, an Asian festival of music, dancing, food and sport.
One of the few positives to come out of this has been the realisation that virtual ‘activities’ reach huge numbers of people who would not normally be able to participate in the Festival, and also extended the geographical boundaries to…. well, just about anywhere. Whatever the state of coronavirus next year, part of the Festival will be virtual.
There will be problems next year. There may well be uncertainty up to the last moment about what is allowed and what isn’t. It is inevitable that money will be tighter. Many trusts are already over-stretched, and grants will be inevitably be in shorter supply. Sponsorship too will be more difficult than usual – many companies have taken big hits through and since lock-down and have no money to spare. Also, Festival costs are going to rise because ‘mass’ events are going to need more security, more safety measures and more policing. Also, risk assessments are going to need to increase hugely and be very much longer to cover the virus and that is going to take time and energy.
Despite these challenges, the Worcester Festival will run, will have hundreds of events, and will involve tens of thousands of people. We look forward to seeing you next year.
How can I support the Festival?
- Sponsor an event. Email [email protected] to discuss what we can offer you in exchange for that sponsorship.
- Become a Festival Angel by donating £100. You will be acknowledged on the website with our grateful thanks. The best way to do it is to follow the link https://www.justgiving.com/worcesterfestival which will take to the Festival JustGiving site, please reference it with your name.
- Join up to the Worcester Community Lottery, buy a few tickets on a weekly basis, £1 each, nominating the Worcester Festival as your chosen charity. We get half the money, and you have a chance of winning up to £25K. The link to sign up is
- Give any amount of money on our Justgiving page, Every penny will help, no donation too small (or indeed too large!) Just click the button below.
Anything you can do to help the Worcester Festival will be gratefully received and means that we can keep entertaining Worcester and the surrounding areas. Thank you for your support!