A Message from Team AVCon: AVCon 2021 Cancelled
To our valued attendees, artists, staff, volunteers, and exhibitors.
We have made the decision to cancel our 2021 event. This is an announcement that we’re sure will not come as a surprise to most, but that in itself does not make it any easier to write.
When we postponed AVCon 2021 it was in the face of a growing cluster in NSW, heavier restrictions in South Australia to prevent the possibility of any new outbreaks, and state borders closing to prevent the movement of people from affected areas. On top of that, Morphettville Racecourse (the venue we had moved to due to hard times caused by COVID), has indicated that their schedule is filled coming into the Spring and Summer racing carnivals and it would be unlikely we could secure a weekend to run in those later months of the year even if COVID were to disappear.
Since that time the situation in Australia has gone from bad to worse. Cases of the more virulent Delta strain of COVID are active in SA which has gone into lockdown and clusters continue to grow out of control in multiple other areas across the nation. The possibility that we can run a large-scale event for thousands of people at any time in the near future has all but disappeared. Even when things are under control it is likely tough restrictions will remain that will make large-scale gatherings for months to come next to impossible.
Given that the AVCon committee are also volunteers who have now been planning this event for well over 24 months, across 2 calendar years, 2 venues, and 3 different dates without any event ever resulting, it has become clear that we cannot continue in the current state of play and it would be unfair to everyone involved to continue planning an event in their valuable spare time that is very unlikely to see completion.
The AVCon Elect has officially informed the venue, sponsors, and other stakeholders that AVCon 2021 has been cancelled.
Please note the definitiveness of this statement: the event is not being postponed, the event is not being moved, the event will not start up again later in 2021 when things improve; the event will not be moving ahead in any form. Due to this any current plans or arrangements in terms of attendance, performance, or participation with the event can no longer continue and are now considered null and void.
We apologise profusely that we are unable to fulfill the promises made on our side but we hope you can understand the situation we find ourselves in. Team AVCon, the incorporated body that is responsible for AVCon events will still exist and it is our hope that one day in the future when we find the path out of the pandemic, AVCon will be able to run again as a wholly new event and you will be able to attend and enjoy AVCon once more. Once again thank you for all your hard work in preparing for AVCon and we hope for your continued health and safety.
Session and passes purchased for the July 2021 weekend festival will be automatically issued refunds. This may take up to a week, considering the large volume. Sorry for the inconvenience in any delays. If you have any questions regarding the refunds or ticketing, please email your questions and concerns to [email protected].
We thank everyone for their patience, and to everyone who has supported AVCon so far.
– Team AVCon
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