This is not a decision that we have taken lightly but, as I’m sure you realise, we have to act in the best interests of the companies and individuals taking part, our audiences, our volunteers and our staff. We also wanted to make this decision as early as we could in an ever-developing situation. We now feel, as more and more countries take decisions to isolate, that there is little likelihood of the Pandemic receding at such a scale and rate for the Festival to go ahead in its current form.
These are unprecedented times and we have made what we regard as the best judgement for health and wellbeing. We know you will share in our disappointment but hope you appreciate the unique circumstances that have led to this decision.
This naturally has implications for the charity and we are working now to develop plans that allow us to continue our work and begin planning for IYAF 2021.
We know that you appreciate the importance of creative and cultural activity in fostering positive relationships and opportunities for all. We will be working towards being ready to emerge with activity as soon as the environment allows.
We appreciate your support, patience and understanding in these unprecedented circumstances.
Creative Youth and the International Youth Arts Festival