The 43rd annual International Folk Festival, originally scheduled for September 25-26, has been canceled.
The Fayetteville / Cumberland County Arts Council announced the cancellation on Wednesday.
The International Folk Festival usually serves as an event showcasing the city’s international cuisine and cultures and cultural diversity.
The board of trustees of the Arts Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to cancel the event in its commitment to keeping public health safe, according to a press release from the council.
This is the second year that the festival has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, when the event was canceled, plans were for it to return this year “stronger” and “more dynamic.”
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The decision was made by the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and deaths in Cumberland County, leading the board to determine the risks and challenges of managing crowds versus exposure to COVID-19 outweighed the benefits of producing the event.
“The Arts Council is truly grateful for the continued support of its members, staff, event partners, cultural groups, local leaders and dedicated community who have made the International Folk Festival a huge success year after. year, “the statement read. “The Board of Directors and staff of the Arts Council anticipate an exciting return of the festival to an in-person event in 2022 with more opportunities for greater cultural engagements.”
This year’s festival was expected to feature more than 30 cultural groups in its Parade of Nations, as well as music, dance exhibits, arts, crafts and international dishes.
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