Next year's much anticipated Festivale has been cancelled.
Organisers of the iconic Launceston event say COVID restrictions made it too hard to stage.
"As a not-for-profit committee, we cannot take the financial risk of planning an event for early in 2022 where there is a significant risk of us having to cancel or make significant changes close to the event," Festivale Chairman David Dunn said.
"One of the main focus points for the committee is to keep Festivale as affordable as possible and as all profits from each event are used to fund future events, we cannot risk our future financially by seeking to stage an event that could result in a loss far more than our current reserve, or worse still, end up putting the health of our community and patrons at risk at a critical time."
Mr Dunn admitted it was a difficult decision to make but said Festivale will be back in 2023 once borders had fully reopened and Tasmania was accustomed to living with coronavirus.
"The committee is down but not out and am I pleased to announce that in order to support stallholders, our incredible sponsors, entertainers, and our suppliers – without which Festivale would not exist – we are looking at options to present another event later in 2022 as well as Festivale in 2023."
The state government has responded to the news.
"I acknowledge the decision to not proceed with Festivale in its usual format is disappointing, however I’m excited that the Committee is working with Events Tasmania on the possibility of delivering an event in Launceston later next year," Events Miniser Sarah Courtney said.
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