Bath Festivals has launched a £50,000 crowdfunder after announcing 2021 dates for events that had to be cancelled owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The online fundraiser has been set up because of the impact on ticket sales, sponsorship and public funding caused by the crisis and the need to call off so many events.
Organisers have moved many of the Bath Festivals cancelled events into the Bath Festival November Weekend 2020 and next year's main festival. Highlights include Rachel Parris, David Lammy, Raynor Winn, Concert for the People of Bath with Bath Philharmonia and The Band of the Royal Marines.
The full list of rescheduled and cancelled events can be found here and all ticket holders for rescheduled events will be able to use their existing tickets.
The Bath Festival Finale Weekend has been postponed to 29th -30th May 2021 while the Complete Beethoven String Quartets have been rescheduled to spring 2021 with purchased tickets still valid.
In a statement, organisers said: “We are sensitive to the speed of change in the pandemic and we are monitoring the situation closely. Our plans will be adjusted to fit with government guidelines, working with our venue partners on social distancing and best hygiene practices as we move through the probable gradual release of lockdown to reach the 'new normal' post Covid19.
“We are lucky to be in an age which is becoming more digital than ever and dependent on the approach taken to the release of the lockdown we are exploring options for elements of our November weekend to be enjoyed virtually. It may well be, whatever the government guidelines, that some of our audience prefer to experience an event virtually, rather than joining an audience of size in a public venue. For now, we remain optimistic and look forward to us all joining together in November celebrating books as we begin to re-connect our communities.”