Revelstoke Summer Street Fest and LUNA Art Festival 2020 have been postponed to 2021.
Announced today, April 27, the Revelstoke Arts Council said the decision was made due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated physical distancing restrictions.
The council is pushing this years LUNA festival and artists to 2021, as it is committed to the 13 bands and 40 art installations that were selected earlier this year.
“Our community pours so much effort into these events and we all look forward to them,” said Miriam Manley, executive director of the arts council, in a news release. “It is difficult to imagine summer and fall without these festivals; they will be sorely missed. However, the safety of our community and visitors is paramount at this time.”
Summer Street Fest will also be rescheduled to 2021. It has been going on for 30 years and sees hundreds of people in Grizzly Plaza every night.
“Events and festivals are key economic drivers for us, providing benefits not just to local merchants and accommodators, but for all members of the community through these shared experiences,” said Ingrid Brohn, director of community economic development for the City of Revelstoke.
Moving forward, the arts council will be working with the city and Tourism Revelstoke to ensure the future of the festivals in the future, Manley said.
“Events such as LUNA are critical to our tourism strategy and the recovery of our tourism industry,” said Meghan Tabor, of Tourism Revelstoke, in a news release. “They play a key role in bolstering community and civic pride in Revelstoke.”
With the pandemic restrictions in place, the arts council remains committed to fostering creative excellence, Manley said. They have launched Revelstoke Reflections, an online forum and prize in partnership with the Revelstoke Mountaineer.
The next Art Alleries installation is also in the works.