The British All Winners Finals, due to be held at the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas, Isle of Man from Saturday 18th to Friday 24th July 2020 has been cancelled.
Stewart Mison - Chair of the National Drama Festivals Association - announced the news in the following letter to members.
19 March 2020
AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - BRITISH ALL WINNERS FESTIVAL 2020
It is with regret that, after consultation with MADF, this year’s organisers of the BRITISH ALL WINNERS FESTIVAL, a joint decision to cancel the week-long Festival in July has been made.
This is not a decision that has been lightly taken, but in view of HM Government guidelines causing the cancellation of most drama festivals between now and the end of May, together with Isle of Man Government restrictions on people entering the island which could continue into the summer, it seems this is the appropriate and responsible decision to take.
We hope this meets with your support and gives enough time for any plans you may have already made for late July to be altered and cancelled. For those teams or individuals who have already booked travel and accommodation, the advice from NODA insurance is to contact your travel provider and your insurer directly regarding any claim.
We are living in unprecedented times, the like of which we have not seen for well over a generation. The NDFA Festival Season starts again in September and all on the NDFA Council hope that the Coronavirus will be well behind us by then. The NDFA is already in advanced planning for the BRITISH ALL WINNERS FESTIVAL to be held at The Albany Theatre, Coventry in July 2021 where the Festival will be a key feature of COVENTRY’S CITY OF CULTURE 2021 celebrations.
To close, the NDFA Annual General Meeting is also having to be postponed until later in the year and I will write with new dates once we understand the future regulations for meetings.
Please check these pages for further news of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the drama festivals movement.