It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the official cancellation of the 2021 Yackandandah Folk Festival. Uncertainty about border closures, everchanging Government regulations around Covid-19 and its cousins as well as many other factors have meant we must again err on the side of caution and act out of respect for our community, our loyal attendees and performers over many years. Several alternatives had been investigated, like running a smaller event using only local and Victorian artists but without an insurer who is willing to accept the risk of Covid infection, our only choice is to cancel. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you all in 2022.
The YFF Organising Committee
Hi folks. You’ve probably been wondering what is happening with the 2021 Yackandandah Folk Festival. Well, like a lot of other events, we have decided that due to the current restrictions, staging the festival in anything like our normal format will be impossible. The Victorian Government are doing their level best to ease restrictions as soon as possible. However, they cannot predict the date when even regional areas like ours will move into what they refer to as a “Covid Normal” (unrestricted audience numbers) situation. The YFF committee have been exploring several alternative options, including the possibility of staging a “live-streaming” event featuring an all Victorian line up of performers. We continue to work closely with local Government authorities on putting together a viable event. We are hoping to announce a firm decision some time in November this year. Meantime, we’d like to say a big thank you to those ticket holders and event sponsors who have very generously chosen to donate their ticket costs and sponsorship money towards helping us pay some of our ongoing costs. This has in turn allowed us to make supporting payments totalling some $15,000 to those Australian musicians who were booked to play at YFF 2020 as well as all the local area community groups who were set to raise important funds during the festival weekend to help offset some of their respective losses. This was totally unexpected and we are truly humbled by your actions. Please watch this space for further developments as they come to hand. Finally, stay healthy and well and we’ll look forward to seeing you in Yackandandah again very soon.
The YFF Organising Committee
Hi folks. It’s certainly been been some year so far. At present, the Covid-19 situation still remains a day by day issue for us. At this point in time, we are hoping to stage the festival in 2021 on the usual weekend in March. The dates are Friday the 19th through to Sunday the 21th March 2021 so perhaps pencil these dates in your calendars and keep your fingers crossed. Please stay tuned for further news as it comes to hand as this website will be updated with any forthcoming information as soon as possible.
Also, if anyone has a crystal ball they’re not using which they would be willing to lend to us, please get in touch! Stay safe and keep well everyone
The Yackandandah Folk Festival Committee.
Yackandandah Folk Festival committee regrets to inform you that we have made the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s event. The advice from the Chief Medical Officer and health officials is that non-essential large gatherings of people should be cancelled as an early measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This decision was not taken lightly, however the health of the community is paramount and in light of expert advice it would irresponsible to continue with the event.
We extend our sympathies to all those who will be impacted by this decision. This comes at a difficult time for many in our community as we only begin to recover from the recent bushfire tragedy.
As a committee we agreed to make the decision early to enable people to plan accordingly. We appreciate and understand that many of you will want to know more information about tickets and volunteering, among others. Please be patient as we take a few moments to gather our thoughts after a long and difficult day. Further committee meetings are scheduled over the weekend to discuss the many details emerging from this decision. We will be contacting all volunteers, ticket holders, vendors and other stakeholders in the coming days.
Stay folky – YFF Committee
The Yackandandah Folk Festival committee continues to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19 very closely. We are taking information from relevant health authorities and will act on expert advice.
The committee will be meeting over the weekend to discuss the situation and we will continue to provide updates via the website. Thank you for your understanding and patience. Any correspondence should be directed via the email link on the website https://yackfolkfestival.com/contact-us/
We are monitoring the current domestic and global situation with respect to COVID-19 illness outbreak and we wanted to let you know that, at this time, the Yackandandah Folk Festival is still going ahead.
The current information from the State and Federal health departments indicates that the risk remains low and that there is no need to cancel mass gatherings, such as YFF.
We would like to reassure you that the festival organising committee takes the health and safety of its patrons and the wider community very seriously, and we will continue to closely monitor developments and advice from experts, and will provide updates via the website as required.