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The Napier Art Deco Trust has announced its 2021 Art Deco Festival has been cancelled, and all event tickets will be fully refunded, due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid -19 alert levels.

Chair of the Art Deco Trust, Barbara Arnott said on the trust’s website that given the massive logistical efforts required to stage the festival successfully, the Trust couldn’t wait until the Government’s decision on whether or not the Alert Levels will be extended beyond midnight Wednesday.

“That is why we had to make the decision on Tuesday, February 16,” said Mrs Arnott.

“We needed to give certainty to the hundreds of entertainers, artists, contractors, event venues and suppliers tonight so that they know where they stand. And for the sake of the thousands of Festivalgoers, many of whom have accommodation and travel plans booked, it was imperative we made our decision.”

“This has been an incredibly tough decision and we have had to weigh up a huge number of factors and consider several different scenarios in the course of our deliberations. With heavy heart, we believed this is the only possible option, having already been forced to cancel two of the five days of events.”

Barbara Arnott said: “We fully appreciate that many festival goers have already arrived in town and this decision is news they did not want to hear. We know they will be incredibly disappointed. So are we.”

“However, a festival of this scale is incredibly complex to put on and having already lost two of the last three days available to us to pull together all the on-the-ground logistics like staging, lighting and sound, marquees, catering and so forth, we simply ran out of time to delay our decision any longer.”

Ticket holders will be contacted directly by the Festival’s booking agents Ticketek or iTicket with details of the ticket refund process.

“Yet again, we are all reminded of the considerable impact the Covid pandemic is having on our community and our country. Overseas, people can only dream of festivals and events. While the decision to cancel the Art Deco Festival has been incredibly challenging for us to make, we certainly appreciate the irony of being in the position of having to make it at all.”

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