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  • Westport Festival of Chamber Music
  • Westport Festival of Chamber Music
  • Westport Festival of Chamber Music
  • Westport Festival of Chamber Music
  • Westport Festival of Chamber Music
  • Westport Festival of Chamber Music
  • Westport Festival of Chamber Music
  • Westport Festival of Chamber Music
Dear festival supporters,

It is with great sadness that the Board of the Westport Festival of Chamber Music announce that we will not be running our festival as planned this year. The Festival was scheduled to run over the period Friday September 11th to Sunday the 13th. However, in view of the very strict government guidelines covering indoor events and considering uncertainties in the future, we have been obliged to take the decision to cancel. The health and safety of our supporters and performers is paramount.

We are, of course, extremely disappointed to have to take this drastic decision. We had such a wonderful group of performers who were so looking forward to visiting our lovely little corner of the West of Ireland. 

However, although the 2020 Festival will not take place, we already have extensive plans for a very exciting festival next year. We are particularly delighted to announce that we have recently been successful in achieving funding from the Arts Council to commission a piece of music especially for Festival 2021 - more on this to follow!

So what happens between now and then? 

We are planning some exciting online personalised messages/performances from some of our artists who were due to come this year. We’ll keep you updated on this. Such performances are a challenge in light of the constraints on them not being in the same place at the same time. Although nothing will ever replace live performance, it’s a good way of keeping things alive for now. Furthermore, should circumstances allow, we are hoping to organise a live chamber music event in Westport for an evening in November - something to look forward to.

For sure this is an incredibly difficult time for performers and workers in the arts with many people unsure of their future. This year, under the guidance and advice of the Arts Council, we will be paying performers a fee to support them in their professions although they won’t be able to join us in person. It’s crucial that we support artists right now as the industry has been hugely affected by recent events. We would like to acknowledge the approach of the Arts Council here who, through the grant that they made to us for the now cancelled 2020 Festival, has prioritised the support of the artist through their funding streams.

As we start to plan for next year we would welcome new and established financial support. We ask your assistance to help us to continue to bring  the finest of international performers to Westport every year. If you would like to support us please click here

Chris O'Malley
Festival Manager
Destination Westport Avolon
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