LAST DAYS OF SUMMER LIVE WEEKEND FESTIVAL
Letter from the Festival Director
The government guidance announced by Oliver Dowden, the Minister for Culture on the 11th July has changed the ability to host outside events for the performing arts.
One of Wimbledon BookFest’s USP's is its beautiful setting in Wimbledon Common. There is something quite magical when events are hosted there - on the edge of London but in a place so connected with nature.
We very much feel that our audiences and partners miss the communal activity of coming together to discuss books and ideas. Festivals and theatres who went digital during lockdown provided a lifeline to culture, but this is no substitute for the live shared experience. We sense a growing desire to do something live, and while we will be filming and relaying events digitally where possible, we feel we can provide a safe outside space to host a scaled down event.
We are using government guidelines and working with Merton Council and the Wimbledon and Putney Commons team to ensure the event is safe for performers, audience, and staff. Social distancing, cleaning & hygene, and strong communication will be the focus of all protocol on delivery.
The event will take place in an outside space in an open marquee where the airflow will be good and audiences are much reduced and the Summer seems the right time to do it.
With all good wishes
Fiona Razvi (Festival Director)
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