Revelstoke Summer Street Fest and LUNA 2020 postponed

The Arts Council remains committed to programming which fosters creative excellence in the community

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Small Town Artillery play the Selkirk Room during the 2019 LUNA SOUND festival. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

The Revelstoke Arts Council has announced it is postponing Revelstoke Summer Street Fest and LUNA Art Festival 2020.

 In a statement released on Monday, April 27, the Arts Council said the cancellation of the two popular events is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated physical distancing restrictions. The statement notes that in response to provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s recent announcement that large events such as parades will not be happening this summer, the City of Revelstoke must also adhere to BC’s directives regarding public gatherings of over 50 people.

Here is what the Revelstoke Arts Council said about postponing Street Fest and LUNA:

LUNA Festival attendees grab photos of the new Art Alleries works by Revelstoke artist Rob Buchanan. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

The positive impacts of these festivals are felt beyond the months they occur by contributing to Revelstoke’s reputation as an artistic and cultural destination.

Events such as LUNA are critical to our tourism strategy and the recovery of our tourism industry. They play a key role in bolstering community and civic pride in Revelstoke. We hope to work with the Revelstoke Arts Council to continue to host events in accordance with provincial health directives when the time is right,” Meghan Tabor from Tourism Revelstoke said.

A summer night in Revelstoke’s iconic Grizzly Plaza has become synonymous with Street Fest. Over the last 30 years, this free outdoor concert series has evolved into an important part of our culture and identity. By animating the downtown core, Street Fest punctuates a shared gathering place for tourists to intermingle with local residents. Street Fest unites us through the enjoyment of the Arts, bringing considerable traffic to the doorsteps of local businesses.

The nightly Revelstoke Street Fest in Grizzly Plaza is a popular summer event for both tourists and locals. This season’s Street Fest is postponed due to the current situation with COVID-19. File Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

“Events and festivals are key economic drivers for us, providing benefits not just to local merchants and accommodators, but for all members of the community through these shared experiences,” said Ingrid Bron, Director of Community Economic Development.

The fourth LUNA Festival is set to be the biggest of the series to date, with a 13 band line-up for LUNA SOUND, 40 art installations, roving performers and live performances spread over three stages. The Arts Council is committed to these artists and performers and once a later festival date is secured, look forward to welcoming them from as far away as White Horse, Yellowknife and Iqualuit.

“Our community pours so much effort into these events and we all look forward to them. It is difficult to imagine summer and fall without these festivals; they will be sorely missed.  However, the safety of our community and visitors is paramount at this time. Moving forward we will continue to work closely with our partners at the City of Revelstoke and Tourism Revelstoke to ensure our organization is well-positioned to produce these Festivals in the future”, states Miriam Manley, Executive Director of the Revelstoke Arts Council. “We remain hopeful for positive future developments that might re-invigorate the projects of Revelstoke Arts Council and arts and cultural organisations across the Province and continue to inspire our community.”

The Arts Council remains committed to programming which fosters creative excellence in our community. They recently launched Revelstoke Reflections an online Forum and Art Prize with the Revelstoke Mountaineer. The Arts Council also plans to keep the magic of LUNA alive in the community through the upcoming Art Alleries public art project. Follow along at lunafest.ca.