Zero Degrees 2020 – Coronavirus Crisis

Press Release 23 March 2020


Due to the ongoing uncertainty of the Coronavirus, this year’s Zero Degrees Festival will no longer take place as planned between 19 June to 5 July.

While this is still some months away, the current crisis means that we are unable to commit to artists and venues and our larger scale outdoor events will inevitably need to be cancelled on health and safety grounds.

However, while this disruption is naturally disappointing, rather than cancelling the festival for 2020 in its entirety, the committee felt it an opportunity to develop new formats and to showcase some of the flagship events as standalone performances later in the year, once the worst of the pandemic is hopefully past.

Speaking of the proposed changes this year, Zero Degree Festival Chair, Richard Varrall said;

“I just have to say how optimistic I am that Zero Degrees as an entity still has the potential to bring some positivity and relief to the people of Louth and wider with our flexible and 'can do' approach to maintaining a cultural offering during 2020. 

Clearly none of us can know what lies immediately ahead, and we all have to be careful to look after ourselves and our loved ones now, but when the dark clouds show signs of clearing, we will be there to help bring some sunshine back to the skies. That alone gives us all a sense of purpose and hope for the future. Over the coming months we will be working with all our partners to rearrange and reschedule as many events as possible. 

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