24 Apr

Response to COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused huge disruption to normal life for all of us. We’d therefore like to take this opportunity to send a message of deep condolence to any of the wider Presteigne Festival community who have lost relatives or friends.

Originally, the plan was to open 2020 Festival online and postal ticket sales on 28 April; this has now been postponed.

It is essential for us to follow UK Government and Welsh Assembly advice and, more importantly, to prioritise the safety and welfare of our audience, volunteers, host community, staff and performing artists.

The Board and Festival Team are working tirelessly, looking at alternatives for the delivery of all or part of the 2020 Festival. Obviously, our dearest wish is to retain as much of the live programme as we possibly can but, should conditions limit us, we are also looking into the possibility of commissioning original sound and video content.

If restrictions are lifted in time and it is possible to safely stage the August Festival as planned, online and postal ticket sales will open in early June.

Further news bulletins will be released as and when important decisions are made. In the meantime, we hope that our supporters, artists, volunteers and staff are managing to limit the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that we will soon be reunited to share our mutual love for music and the arts.

George Vass ARAM
Artistic Director | 24 April 2020