Utah Arts Festival to postpone the 2020 Festival until June 2021

After careful deliberation over the past month, the Utah Arts Festival has decided to postpone the 2020 Festival until June 2021. The staff has been carefully monitoring local and national guidelines and recommendations for large-gatherings over the last couple of weeks. Taking into consideration the health and safety of the community, artists and all those involved with putting on the Festival, a decision was made to postpone the event until June 2021.

Lisa Sewell, Executive Director of the Utah Arts Festival said, “Delaying the Festival until the late summer or early fall isn’t as easy as it might seem. There are many moving parts, many people and many factors to consider. The option was evaluated thoroughly, but ultimately uncertainty about availability of artists, vendors, partners and volunteers, as well as the developing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic raised more concerns than solutions. For that reason, we believe it is in the best interest of all involved to postpone the event to 2021.”

In the coming weeks, the staff will be working with their artistic coordinators to identify opportunities that will allow the Utah Arts Festival to maintain its connection with the community and continue to support and promote art and artists as well as their other non-profit partners. Although the Utah Arts Festival will not have a physical Festival in 2020, they aim to keep the festival vibes alive. An announcement will made shortly relating to those future plans.

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Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.