The Ilkley Literature Festival have announced plans for a range of digital content and activities, and the ever-popular Children’s Festival has been rescheduled for March 2021.
In any other year, August is an extremely busy time in the Ilkley Literature Festival office. The team would be eagerly awaiting delivery of the festival programme, frantically uploading 150+ events into the box office system ready for tickets to go on sale, and putting the finishing touches on plans to deliver audiences a jam-packed fortnight of talks, performances and workshops in October.
But like so many other festivals (and well, everything the world over), this year looks very different. A few months ago, it was hoped that the Ilkley Literature Festival could be presented in its traditional format this autumn, but we now know that is simply not possible.
First and foremost, the festival’s responsibility is to ensure the health and safety of staff, speakers, audiences, and volunteers. In consultation with our venues it is apparent that reopening safely for audiences of more than 30-50 people will not be possible until early 2021.