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Sudbury's Northern Lights Festival announces cancellation of 2021 event

The decision was made ‘due to the continuously evolving health and safety concerns in our community’
Fans at the last edition of Northern Lights Festival Boréal in 2019 are seen here in this file photo. The popular Bell Park summer festival has now been cancelled for two years in a row due to COVID-19. (File)

For the second year in a row, Northern Lights Festival Boréal has announced the cancellation of the traditional outdoor festival in Sudbury's Bell Park, which was scheduled for July 8-11 this year. 

The festival’s staff and board of directors made the announcement “with great sadness” April 20.

“This decision has been made due to the continuously evolving health and safety concerns in our community,” said the press release.

In the months that have passed, NLFB has sought expert advice from a variety of sources, including the Public Health Sudbury & Districts, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Canadian Live Music Association, the press release said.

Its top priority is the health and safety of its participants, volunteers, artists, staff, crew, patrons, and guests.

“Despite the challenges, the organization remains committed to presenting high quality music & art experiences to its loyal supporters,” said the press release.

“NLFB is currently exploring new and exciting initiatives and local partnerships for the coming year as it celebrates its rich history within the community and work towards recovery and a bright future together.”

In the meantime, the festival said don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 50th edition of Northern Lights Festival Boreal, which is set for July 7-10, 2022.

NLFB is continuing to offer ticket deferrals to those who have chosen to hold onto their tickets from 2020. Since the cancellation of our festival last May, the organization has not sold any tickets for the 2021 edition. If you wish, you may choose to donate to our non-profit organization and registered charity. Donations can be made via Canada Helps.

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