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Brighton Festival 2020 Children’s Parade Cancelled

Brighton Festival 2020 has been cancelled, including the annual Children’s Parade which would have officially marked the start of the Festival on Sat 2 May 2020.

Based on the latest government advice that projections for the peak of the Covid-19 epidemic in the UK is expected to coincide with the timing of the Festival in May, all planned events have been suspended to reduce the spread of the virus.

Jointly produced with award-winning community arts charity Same Sky, the Children’s Parade involves nearly 60 schools and groups from across Brighton and Hove. Around 5,000 children, teachers, parents and volunteers work together with artists for months of behind the scenes preparation to create one of the most spectacular community events in the UK. The largest of its kind in Europe, the free event has taken place for over 30 years, with more than 10,000 spectators lining the streets of Brighton city centre.

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive of Brighton Festival said:
'This is the first time in over 30 years that we have had to cancel the Children’s Parade. We are saddened to not have this wonderful community event take place in Brighton this year but realise the health and safety of all the participants and visitors is paramount. We hope to plan smaller events with schools so that we can celebrate all the incredible work that’s been created.'

John Varah, Artistic Director, Same Sky added:
'Same Sky would like to express our thanks to everyone who has put so much time and effort into this year’s preparations. Obviously we are devastated to cancel this year’s parade but we want everyone to enjoy this incredible event in a happy and safe environment. We will be back with a bang in 2021!'

The 2020 theme, Nature’s Marvels, was chosen to celebrate the wonders of flora and fauna from around the world, as well as reflecting on the urgent need to protect and conserve the planet’s natural environment.

Brighton Festival was due to take place from 2 to 24 May 2020 and is the largest annual, curated multi-arts festival in England. This is the first time since the Festival has been cancelled in its 53-year history. Over 120 cultural events were scheduled across the region, including 17 premieres, commissions, co-productions and many Festival debuts from international artists.