Buku Music + Art Project became one of the first festivals to postpone its 2020 event due to the current coronavirus pandemic. Originally planned for March 20-21, the two-day event was pushed back a few months to Labor Day Weekend. The BUKU team worked around the clock to make it possible to still go through with the festival at the later date.
Then, as COVID-19 conditions grew grim in New Orleans after Mardi Gras, with the city growing to the highest cases per capita in the US, organizers made the difficult call to cancel their 2020 event completely.
“As the pandemic began to ravage New Orleans and now as we watch cases surpass a million worldwide, it just doesn’t feel right to plan a music festival for later this year and put everyone involved through more uncertainty,” BUKU officials explained in a statement.
Since the future is still uncertain, and Coronavirus developments are changing drastically every day, putting time and resources into preparing for a music festival that’s not necessarily guaranteed doesn’t seem feasible for organizers. Unfortunate though it may seem, it’s good to see BUKU making tough calls in the service of their patrons and their community, even if it as huge financial blow.
Ticket purchasers can expect to receive an email about whether they’d like to transfer their ticket to the following year or obtain a refund. Read BUKU’s full statement below for more.
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