The annual York Festival held across three weekends in September and October, will not go ahead in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainly around public gatherings.
The York Art & Events, Inc. (YAE) committee is discussing options for 2021 including a possible mini-festival of activities in March 2021 and resuming the normal program in September 2021.
The YAE Annual General Meeting in June saw some new faces appointed to the Committee, Di Robertson-Smith, Sue ‘Lupari’ Norris and Chantal Gurney -Pringle. Proving that you don’t have to have a double barrelled name to join in the fun is Chris Gibbs, who has stepped up to the role of President.
Chris is an award-winning songwriter and guitarist (WAM Song of the Year Rock category winner 1998 and 2001, WAM Most Popular Guitarist 1997, WAM Song of The Year Country Category 2013) and at over 200 performances per year he is one of the hardest-working musicians in Western Australia. Outgoing President Jo Bryant said that the Committee is delighted to have Chris take the lead role and bring new ideas and a diverse viewpoint to the organising committee.
YAE President Chris Gibbs said “In May and June the implications of COVID-19 and subsequent financial and logistical issues, meant we were left with no option other than to cancel the 2020 program. It is disappointing but like many we have found this down time has given us an opportunity to regroup and refocus with renewed energy for future festivals”.
A major implication of the cancellation of the 2020 Festival is that the planned renovation of the Wara Art sculptures is unable to go ahead since the artists and funding required is not available. The Committee is considering the future of each sculpture on a case by case basis.
In the meantime, the 2nd BEST Quiz Night of Your Life has been re-scheduled for Saturday 29 August in the York Town Hall. Tickets are $10 per person and tables seat 6, you can email to book your table for what promises to be an excellent night.