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The Show Will Go On… Just Not Right Now

Bondi Festival will no longer be happening in 2020.

In the interest of safeguarding our audiences, artists and everyone we work with, Waverley Council and the Bondi & Districts Chamber of Commerce have made the necessary decision not to deliver the spring 2020 installment of Bondi Festival.

This decision comes following extensive review of the most up-to-date advice regarding COVID-19 restrictions.

We had originally postponed our winter Festival to spring, and were optimistically working towards a September/October Festival. We were excited to be bringing people together again to celebrate the arts, to see the weird and the wonderful, to bring joy to our community and to support the economies of our local community and arts and festival industries. However, it wasn’t to be.

The health and safety of our community is our top priority and we feel we need to be part of the solution, ensuring that we’re doing everything we can to minimise the spread of COVID-19. In this case, that means cancelling this year’s event.

We explored putting on a completely virtual Festival, but Bondi Festival is intrinsically tied to the iconic suburb in which it takes place. The feeling and experience of Bondi Festival just wouldn’t translate online as well as we would like it to.

That being said, we’re not going anywhere. We’re like that friend you keep trying to catch up with, but always need to reschedule. We’ll see you in winter 2021.

With a little more time up our sleeves, we’re now on a mission to bring you the best Festival ever in 2021. We’re plotting a thrilling comeback for next year’s Festival, and we are going to make it a truly spectacular experience – rain, hail, pandemic or shine. In the meantime, we’re also looking at opportunities to continue to celebrate our incredible arts scene with online events for Festival fans. Stay tuned.

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Take care, wash your hands, be kind and stay safe. We can’t wait to party with you in 2021.

Much love,
Team Bondi Festival.

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    Bondi Festival acknowledges the Bidjigal and Gadigal people, who traditionally occupied the Sydney Coast. We also acknowledge and pay our respects to Aboriginal Elders both past and present.