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Winter’s biggest festival returns in 2022 after being called off for the second year in a row
Barely had we got over the news that Sydney Fringe Festival had been cancelled than we’re left reeling from another massive blow to the city’s major events calendar. Devastatingly, the much-loved illumination showcase Vivid Sydney has also been scratched for the second year running.
Given the extended lockdown and the risk to public health presented by large gatherings, the NSW Government made the difficult decision to cancel once more. A vast array of events had been set to take place in August, and was then postponed until September. It’s yet another body blow for a beleaguered arts industry struggling to keep its head above water in the face of rolling cancellations.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres made a commitment that Vivid Sydney would return next year, offering a beacon of hope. “As we work together to contain the current outbreak and get our community vaccinated, we can all look forward to the return of major events like Vivid Sydney that bring us together in celebration,” Mr Ayres said. “Vivid Sydney 2022 will shine brighter than ever. Our artists and creative industries are so eager to put on a show and we can’t wait to see the Harbour City shining brightly again.”
He acknowledged the pain being felt by so many artists who were set to be involved in the city’s much-loved celebration. “We thank everyone who has contributed to the planning for Vivid Sydney 2021. Of course it’s incredibly disappointing to cancel for the second year but the most responsible decision was to cancel early, giving everyone certainty and minimising impacts where possible. The health and safety of our community is our highest priority, which is why we’re encouraging everyone to get vaccinated so we can get back to enjoying COVID-safe events again soon.”