We have just been informed that the Clunes Booktown Festival in May has been cancelled. Statement from the Festival committee:
“It is with deep regret that we’ve made the very sad decision to cancel the Clunes Booktown Festival for May 2020, in light of the developing situation with COVID-19.
Like most events of this nature, we start advertising and marketing the event, designing and printing collateral, booking acts and accommodation, along with hiring equipment and venues many months in advance, and each day that passes those expenses mount up. It would be irresponsible for us to allow that spend to continue without the firm knowledge that the event would take place.
We are very disappointed to make this announcement but we have a duty of care to staff, volunteers, traders, authors, artists and of course the general public.
We will be working in the background to bring back the Clunes Booktown Festival once everything has settled and it is safe to do so.