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St Magnus Cathedral

Melissa Bradshaw

St Magnus International Festival 2020 cancelled

2:10, 24th March 2020

The St Magnus International Festival 2020 has been cancelled as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.  

This year’s festival, which would have been its 44th edition, was due to take place from 19 – 26 June with nearly 40 events across a multitude of venues in Orkney, Scotland. Tickets were due to go on sale last Friday, but the process was delayed while decisions were being made regarding the event’s cancellation.  

Festival director Alasdair Nicolson described his ‘great sadness’ at having to cancel this year’s festival, commenting: ‘It’s heartbreaking for me, and the team, to start dismantling something that I’ve been putting together for such a long time and to lose a wonderful array of performers, creative projects and new work. St Magnus International Festival represents the beginning of the summer festival season in the UK and is such a significant part of the financial and cultural eco-system of Orkney. I hope that while we protect the health of our fellow human beings that we can also protect the festival and return next year fighting fit.’ 

Chair of the board, John Rendall, added: ‘Our short-term focus will be on unwinding the arrangements for this year’s event. We look forward to preparing for a great 2021 festival. In the meantime, we send our best wishes to our performers, to our volunteers, to our supporters, to our audience and to the wider community.’ 


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