It is with incredibly heavy hearts that we are announcing the postponement of bluedot 2020.
The diverse programme of art, science and cosmic culture, that we lovingly put together for this summer’s festival, will largely carry over to next year and all tickets will be transferred to 22-25 July 2021.
Our teams have been working with partners and authorities to assess the impact of the coronavirus outbreak (Covid 19) on the festival. Although bluedot may seem some time away, the virus and its associated effects are unlikely to ease away for some months and it is important to us that any additional or unnecessary strain on medical services is avoided.
Every year, we work closely with the emergency services and the NHS to assure that everyone is safe while at the event. To do so we rely on those resources to be available. However, in these extraordinarily challenging times, we must all support the ongoing work of the medical services, allowing them to focus on those in need.
This decision has been an essential but difficult one to make, as it affects not only our team and our wonderful festival-goers, but also a large number of artists, performers, speakers, exhibitors, suppliers, traders and freelancers. Within our limited means, we will continue to do everything we can to support them and the wider sector during these difficult times.
Between now and July 2021, we remain dedicated to our mission and will be reimagining the festival experience online, via bluedot Digital. Despite bluedot’s many challenges ahead, we will strive to innovate and inspire, and to bind together as a festival community.
Over the coming weeks we will use bluedot as a platform that supports performers, researchers and artists, and we hope that you join us as we continue to observe, explore and experiment.
Stay safe for now, we will see you all beneath the telescope again when the time is right.
As a small, independent festival, ticket sales are absolutely vital to the survival of bluedot. Funds raised from sales for the 2020 festival will be used to plan next year’s event and to support the artists and freelancers we work with to produce the festival.
While refunds are available, keeping hold of your ticket until next year will help us through these difficult times. However, we appreciate the widespread effects of the coronavirus on employment and household incomes, and completely understand that not everyone will be in a position to do this. Therefore should you require a refund, we will support and process this request as quickly as possible.