City’s Cultural Life set to Continue
Gloucester City Council is reviewing its festival and events programme including considering socially distanced events or online alternatives to ensure that the city’s vibrant cultural life continues.
The city council and its partners are closely monitoring the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic and are looking at how Gloucester can continue to provide a cultural programme for 2021.
Work is also taking place behind the scenes to ensure that cultural events and festivals can continue in the city when it is feasible to do so.
Last year’s Bright Nights festival in December and Of Earth and Sky by Luke Jerram in the autumn, demonstrated how cultural events can still be held in a safe and socially distanced manner.
Both events took place outdoors, laying down a template for how art, music and performance can be experienced by the community safely.
In addition, the city’s History Festival went ahead with a varied programme of talks and events online.
Councillor Steve Morgan, cabinet member for Culture and Leisure at Gloucester City Council, said: “The cultural life of the city is extremely important and even more so in these challenging times for people’s mental health and wellbeing. Despite the current challenges we are aiming to deliver a programme of cultural activities although these may be held in alternative and innovative ways which allow for social distancing, such as last year’s Of Earth and Sky or online as with the History Festival. We are constantly reviewing the situation with regard to the pandemic with our partners and safety will be key to any decisions that are taken.”