FIFOV cancelled but will keep on singing!
It is with great regret that the Fingal International Festival of Voices which was being staged in Balbriggan, Co Dublin from March 12 - 15 has been cancelled.
This includes the 3 Friendship Concerts which were due to be held on Thursday, March 12 in Rush, Malahide and Balbriggan. Any tickets bought in advance will be refunded.
This decision was taken after consultations by the organizing committee of the festival with appropriate Government Authorities and Fingal County Council.
The decision was taken in order to ensure that every appropriate precaution is taken to protect public health against the Covid-19 corona virus.
According to Festival Director Michael T. Dawson “With 64 groups due to participate this weekend, it is an enormous disappointment that the festival we imagined will not now take place. The situation is unprecedented for Ireland but we believe that this course of action is the most responsible we can take”.
“We have been overwhelmed by the support from our sponsors, choirs, barbershop groups, local community and businesses which, despite the recent development, have fuelled our belief that the festival is going to be a significant event on the Irish festival calendar and will have an enormously positive impact on the local area”, explained Mr. Dawson
The show will go on!
Despite the cancellation of the Festival, a number of International groups have already arrived in Ireland. This has provided an opportunity to stream the Festival from closed sessions with these fine groups from Canada and the U.S.A.
A schedule of the narrowcasts will be published tomorrow. This will ensure that the festival will live on, even to a limited extent, for people in Balbriggan, Fingal and around the world.
“We hope that this will give people an idea of what the Festival would have been like and will encourage interest for 2021 when the Festival of Voices will be bigger, brighter and even more entertaining than this year would have been” said Michael T. Dawson